Do you feel like you may have built up negative energies through day-to-day living, or perhaps something more significant, that you want to get rid of? Smudging may be one way that could help you rid of these surrounding negative energies and help you to feel lighter and happier!
As beings of energy it is no secret that we can hold on to energies, pick up on 'bad vibes' and sense someone or somethings negativity. Energy is all around us and it does our soul good to cleanse away any negative and bad energies from ourselves and environment, letting go and making room for new positive energies!
So you may be thinking, what is smudging and how does it work? Our in-house Reiki Master is here to give you the know how on how and why to Sage (Smudge) your home, yourself, your living space, car and even your phone!
1. What is Smudging?
Smudging, also known as 'sage-ing' is a ritual used to “cleanse” a space or environment from negative energy, promote healing, and create wisdom and clarity. When smudging your intention is everything, so before you begin your cleanse it is important to ask yourself what it is you’re trying to purify, and/or heal from or release - inside you or in your space.
2. Where does it come from?
The word “sage” in Latin (salvia) translates “to heal”. Its roots are in Native American cultures and traditions, it is known as a ritualistic way to cleanse a person, place or an object of negative energies or influences. Using a selection of herbs, often sage, which are bundled together with string to form a smudge stick before being ignited.
3. What are the benefits?
Here are a list of benefits that you could experience or notice from performing regular smudging...
• Purifying the air around you - the most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties which means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay.
• Removing negative energies - smudging is used as a way to cleanse yourself, space or possesions of negativity. This could include past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others around you. The smoke helps to change the molecular structure of both the air and energy, which produces a cleansing effect, this could help you establish a more positive environment. Choosing to sit and let go of negative thoughts in a cleanse like this sets your intention and dedication to self-improvement.
• Improve your mood, boost energy levels and cognition - tradition suggests that smudging can literally 'lift one’s spirits' to banish negativity. Ridding the body, objects, and spaces of bad energy can welcome in fresher, newer and more positive energies. Some research supports this.
• Soothe stress - if burning sage can lift a persons mood, it could also be a great reliever of stress. Some research has established that white sage (Salvia apiana) is rich in compounds that activate certain receptors in the brain. These receptors are responsible for elevating mood levels, reducing stress, and even alleviating pain.
• Increases your sense of well-being - by aiding to lift your mood, boost energy and sooth any stresses on the body this will naturally increase and improve your overall wellbeing. Feeling at peace and calm in your environment is a great self-boosting experience.
• Create a relaxing effect and improve sleep - smudging has been traditionally used to cleanse against negativity that could interfere with sleep. It is suggested that sage contains compounds that could help ease insomnia.Classic garden sage (Salvia officinalis) is sometimes used for burning like white sage, which has been known for the use of helping to improve sleep and soothe anxiety.
4. The best way to smudge?
Begin by stating your intention. The exact words do not matter for it to work, it is whatever feels right for you. A couple of examples could be:
'As I burn this sage stick I want any lingering energies that do not serve me to please go. This is to allow only positive energies to take their place'
'Please allow this white sage to take away any negative energies that are surrounding me/my home/my belongings'
Once your intention is stated, light one end of the wand, carefully allowing the flame to go out and ignite the dried leaves into a smoulder, then allow the sage to smoke. You can blow on the end to release more smoke and fan the smoulder, but be mindful to keep your face away, because it is typical for little sparks of ash to break off.Start to waft around your space/yourself or object and through your different rooms, parts of the body or just simply a circular motion around an object with your intention in mind.
When smudging yourself:Begin at the top of your head and follow all the way down to the feet, not forgetting fingers or under the arms. Pay special attention to your chest and stomach if you are feeling in a particularly negative space. Always finish back at the top of the head.
When smudging you're home:Always begin at the front door of your home, going around in a clockwise motion. Pay special attention to wafting in corners of every room, consciously going around all edges of your doors. Also spend longer smudging high traffic areas like hallways and doorways as well as mirrors and windows.
When smudging an object:This object can be anything! From your phone, car, sofa, a gift - anything. Smudging an object should take around 5 minutes and begin by circling the object (if possible) and simply wafting around the object in close proximity.
5. When should I smudge?
6. Storing your Sage safely
After clearing and cleansing, extinguish sage by gently pressing it into a clay dish, glass bowl or ashtray or by allowing it to burn out. If you have performed home cleanse it is recommended to open the windows to allow any stuck energy to leave. If you have cleansed yourself we recommend to take a nice long walk in the fresh air.
After smudging it is nice to follow it up with burning incense, choose your favourite smell to help bring in new, positive energy to your new, pure space!