Smudging is an ancient and sacred ceremony, Native Americans practice smudging to help clear negative energy from a space. These benefits have been scientifically based that when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood.

Before you begin, you should clear your mind and find your center. Smudging should be done in a slow and mindful manner with full awareness. I find that after meditation or yoga puts me exactly in the place I need to be. Also, be sure your space is well ventilated because the smoke, carrying all this negative energy, will need an escape route.


You will need: a smudge stick, shell or bowl, wooden matches, feather (optional).

I start my cleansing ritual the by focusing on my thoughts and sending out positive intentions. Start at the left side of the door and continue through the house on the left side, making a circle through the rooms and one big loop through the home. You can use either your hands or a feather to dust the smoke throughout. Once back at the front door, shoot smoke out the door. The proper way to dispose of ashes is to take them outside and return them to the earth.

Smudging can also be used for clearing your body, mind and spirit of any negativity within or surrounding you. Make sure you cover your body from head to toe, front and back with smoke before smudging your space.

A good read to learn more about the smudging ritual is by Jane Alexander: The Smudging and Blessing Book: Inspirational Rituals to Cleanse and Heal.

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