So in my earlier post I gave you an introduction to smudging (you can read it here). I wanted to go further into detail on how to preform a cleansing session on yourself or another person.
There are many reasons why you would want to smudge yourself, from healing rituals to spiritual ceremonies. Many of these traditions are adopted from the Native American culture, using sage as a sacred herb. Sage is the most common herb that is used in a smudge ritual and represents clarity, energy and chakra cleansing, increased intuition, spiritual awareness, and wisdom. Many people will smudge if they sense negative energy surrounding them.
How to Burn Sage
Please be sure to read this post for a better understanding prior to smudging.
- Gather your materials (herb stick, fireproof container, candle & lighter)
- Set your mini alter up on a table or where ever you’re doing your smudging ritual at.
- Set your intentions for the smudge (You can do this through a small meditation, mantra, prayer, chant or even thought) then light your candle.
- Repeat your intention while lighting your herb stick (buy online here) with the candles light. Make sure to light it well then slowly blow out the fire and let it continue to burn, while creating a purifying smoke.
- Place your herb bundle in your fireproof container, I use an abalone shell because I like to combine all the elements into my smudging rituals.
- Some people will use special feathers or fans (click here to see how to make your very own smudge fan) to help move the smoke in a specific direction, however, I find that a hand will do just fine.
- Now starting at the head, waft the smoke onto yourself or the person you are smudging and make your way down to the feet.
- Working clockwise (just as in smudging your own space) make sure to get the back of the body as well.
- The person who is being smudge needs to keep the intentions in their head or can say them aloud.
- Once smoke has cleansed the whole body, let the herb bundle extinguish or die out then blow the candle out.
- Some like to burn incense to complete the ritual, however I find the candle works in the same way. Also, be sure to open a window if doing the smudging inside so that all the negative energy may be released outside the home and given to the universe to exchange into positive loving energy. Your most popular herb choices for smudging a person would be:
Sage: Sage is the most popular among all other herbs due to it’s efficient cleansing properties. White sage is the most potent but there are many different varieties to choose from.
Cedar: Used as a purification and protective agent, cedar has been know to be bundled with sage but can also be used by itself.
Palo Santo: Most popular in south american rituals, these sticks are believe to clear misfortune, negative thoughts and to chase away evil spirits.
Sweetgrass: With a more pleasant smell, sweetgrass has become quite popular in smudging rituals and ceremonies. Instead of bundles sweetgrass will come in braids.
Mugwort: Known as the prophesy herb, mugwort is used in smudging for its dream inducing abilities. Some believe these dreams are prophetic and can even lead to astral projection.
Be sure to snap a photo & hashtag #omlivin of your yogi adventures! I would love to see your Spiritual side!
Question of the Day:
Have you ever smudged yourself? What did you notice after?
Be sure to come back on our next Meditation Monday for more posts related to yoga, meditation & the spiritual path towards happiness. Or you could always subscribe to get get each post in your inbox! If you have any comments or questions on what we discussed today, please feel free to comment and share your knowledge with the community on my social media pages, | Instagram | Twitter | Google+ Thank you for taking the time to read today’s post & in return know that you are on a path towards enlightenment ❤ ॐ❤!
Some links listed below are Amazon & other affiliate links, meaning that Om Livin’ earns a small commission if you purchase through the links. These links are what helps support Om Livin’, don’t worry we only link items that we love in hopes that you and your loved ones continue the path towards a more peaceful, healthy, and sustainable life! To read our full affiliate disclosure click here.
Speaking of a healthier lifestyle, Om Livin’ loves to talk about holistic healing, but the information on this blog are for educational purposes only. These statements on Om Livin’ are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information. We do advise you to continue your research from multiple sources as well. Please read our full medical disclaimer here.
Want more Yoga & Meditation?
Follow Om Livin’ on Pinterest for hand selected yoga poses, meditation articles and spiritual finds. For even more boards vist Om Livin’s pinterest page here!