Smudging is the name given to the burning of sacred herbs for cleansing and praying. Each of these ingredients is considered a sacred herb by Native Americans, who have used these wands for generations in the smudging ceremony.
The smoke of this highly aromatic plant is used in rituals and ceremonies and for cleansing the home and sacred spaces.
HOW TO SMUDGE – Light the end of a smudge wand and gently blow until you see the embers glow and it begin to smoke. It’s a good idea to carry a fireproof plate of shell beneath the embers so they don’t reach the floor and burn. Abalone Shells are often used to represent the Water Element, a Feather for Air, the Smudge Wand for Earth and the Embers for Fire.
- Smudge Yourself – rub your hands in the smoke and gather (wave) the smoke towards you connecting yourself with the herbal elements and their properties. Use this technique to smudge others, taking the smoke up and down in both front and back of them, or using a feather to direct the smoke.
- Smudge Your Room – stand in the center of a room and allow the smoke to flow there. Then move clockwise around the room, smudging out negative energy. (Note: it has been reported but not proven that sage actually kills bacteria and virus in a room. It certainly can help our intentions towards them. Continue clockwise in a room and out the door, like you are sweeping out dust.
- Smudge your Home or Business – Continue around each room until you are at the front door and you feel cleansed!