Some of the neatest and most practical items we sell at Wonderworks are smudging materials. Smudging is a natural and traditional method of spiritual cleansing that can benefit your mind, body, spirit, and environment. By burning sacred herbs like sage and sweetgrass, you can purify your surroundings and rid them of any negative energies. Many people smudge themselves or their homes, but did you know that you can also purify your gardens, cars, cottages and other spaces?
Plants have incredible healing properties. They can be used to cultivate positivity, help you feel balanced and restored, and purify spaces.
When is smudging necessary?
• When you are feeling down, depressed, or drained
• When you feel the presence of negative or bad energy
• When you want to protect your home, yourself, or your surroundings
• When you receive used gifts or items second-hand
• When you move to a new house or dwelling
• When you plan on connecting to Spirit or engaging in psychic activity
• Any time you feel like it!
Smudging can be done in a number of ways. The most commonly known method uses sage, either in stick form or loose. Space-cleansing is relatively simple - simply light your dried herbs with any sort of flame and wave it out so there is only a smoldering tip, giving off smoke. To avoid accidents, burns, or mess, keep your loose herb or stick in your heat safe vessel at all times. You can use any flame-proof or heat safe container, such as a clay bowl or an abalone shell. Wave your hands or a feather to disperse the smoke into all corners of the room, keeping your intent focused on purifying the space. If you'd like to you can say a prayer, but it's not always neccessary - intent is everything. If smudging yourself or someone else, breathe deeply with pure intent, and guide the smoke around your body, wash your hands in the smoke, and be sure to drape the smoke around every limb and under your feet. Smudging is done when you feel refreshed, positive, and clear.
Here are some practical smudging tips for this summer, from us to you. :)
Outdoor smudging is useful if you are finding that there is any negative energy in your surroundings. If you feel as though your garden or your yard has been receiving some unwanted visitors or your plants aren’t doing as well as you wish they could, smudging can re-energize the area while instilling positivity and keeping pests at bay. Smudging also creates sacred space, so if you plan to do any magical work in the garden or out of doors, using sacred herbs helps you create and protect your own sacred space - anywhere you want!
Smudging while you’re enjoying the outdoors is also a great idea, as bugs like mosquitos don’t like the smells of certain dried herbs as they burn. You can throw a handful of loose white sage in your outdoor firepit, or smudge the area around you. Mosquitos are notoriously avoidant of sage, citronella, mint, and lavender.
For those lucky enough to have cottages or summer homes, smudging is a great idea when you’re visiting for the warmer months. If your summer destination is used by others or has been lying vacant for a while, smudging will help remove old or stagnant energies that may have collected since last use. Just as you would smudge your home, light your preferred herb in a fire-safe container, extinguish the flame, and let the smoke purify your surroundings. Be sure to push the smoke into every corner of every room, and open up the windows and doors to allow the energy to flow.
Did you know you can also smudge your car? Think about it – the inside of a car is a personal, mobile habitat for a lot of people, and negativity can collect on your car seats just as much as they can collect on your living room couch! Smudge your car with the windows or doors open, and be sure to smudge the trunk, engine, and over/under the vehicle as well. Just be sure the car is off and in a parked position! Smudging your car is especially useful after getting in an accident, or after someone else has driven it.
What are we missing from this list? Do you smudge any areas not listed? Let us know!
Note: If you are planning on smudging during the dry season, or in a very dry area, use extreme caution when using open flames. Use a fire-safe bowl, ashtray, or abalone shell to catch the ash and act as a container for your herb.