What The Smudge?!
We’ve all heard about the ritual that’s quickly becoming “trendy” but what is smudging? Why is it “a thing”? Where did it come from? I know most people don’t care enough to ask, but here are the answers anyway!
Smudging is the ceremonial act of cleansing, cleaning, or blessing your space, self & tools. It’s an ancient cultural ritual, established by native American cultures. So, why smudge? Simply to get rid of unwanted energy, from the day or encounters. Also to “reset” your home balance. Sage is also anti-microbial, can cleanse impurities and pathogens, and also be an insect repellent! It can clear the air of common allergens, dust, mold, and pet dander. But you can smudge with other herbs… Not just Sage! Check out the following list!
1) Cedar- Masculine-fire-sun
Drives out negative energy, brings/influences, brings new homes, promotes healing, purification, money & protection.
2) Sage- Masculine- Jupiter- Air
Mood altering & energy clearing, used in mediation, purification, commonly burned after a fight or removal of a toxic house mate
3) Sweet grass- Braided grass, when burnt is light and sweet. Typically burned after sage.
4) Frankincense- masculine-sun-fire
Dried resin of the African Olibanum tree associated with meditation. healing, cleansing & soul protecting, An herb to burn in hospice, to help ease the tension of death when they need to let go.
5) Myrrh- Feminine-moon-water
Historically, it was used to heal & embalm bodies. Commonly used now for meditation, spirituality, happiness, transformation, strength, confidence, stability.
6) Rose Petals- Feminine -Venus- water
Burn for peace, love, romance & Meditation.
7) Lavender- Masculine- Mercury- Air
Release a light, refreshing scent, peace, restful sleep, & Happiness. Can be burned to combat insomnia, depression, grief, sorrow, & Anxiety,
8) Juniper- Masculine-Sun-Fire
Used to invigorate the mind, & body when tired. Also used for protection, love anti-theft, & health.
9) Mugwort- Feminine- Venus- Earth
Used to cleanse energies & get rid of negativity, can also stimulate dreams, therefore burned before bed is best.
10) Rosemary- Masculine- Sun- Fire
When burned, emits powerful cleansing, & Purifying vibrations, & Smoldered to rid of allocation of negativity, a general substitution for Frankincense.
A wild tree native from Peru & Venezuela. A sweet, fragrant wood, called “Hollywood” or “wood of the saints”. Used to bless & Purify, your spirit & personal space.
Fresh Spring water & sea salt. “cleanse & purify with the glory of nature”. Dip sprig & Sprinkle, room, people, objects, to cleanse & bless.