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The Art of Smudging 101: The Benefits
The Art of Smudging 101: The Benefits

Our bodies, homes and personal belongings are not purely physical matter; they vibrate with invisible yet subtle energy. Think of smudging as the spiritual spring cleaning; utilize a smudge ceremony to cleanse your body/object or a space to clear away all negative / emotional garbage. 

Moving forward with the smudging + cleansing vibe, I am sharing with you the benefits of smudging. If you missed part one of this series, check the basics of smudging here and then come back and catch up with us. Like I previously mentioned, the most basic definition of smudging is to cleanse. You're probably asking yourself, "What in the hell are we cleansing?" And "How is waving a burning wand of sage going to benefit me or my life?". And that's fine, I've been there too and I've asked those questions plenty of times. So let's jump right in to the benefits of smudging and how it can transform your life.

3 Benefits of Smudging

  1. Clears negative energy. While you are burning the smudge stick you are purifying a room or object with the smoke of the sacred herbs. Once the negative energy is removed, positive energy can now fill the space.
  2. Improves your mood. Sage and other herbs, when burned, release negative ions which has been linked to boosting your mood. The aroma of sage increases the oxygen supply to your brain and produces a relaxation of muscle tension. In fact, the burning of smudge sticks has been used to combat feelings of depression, fear, frustration, resentment, anger and grief.
  3. Kills germs. The smoke from some herbs used in smudge sticks actually change the molecular structure of air and energy which in return, produces a cleansing effect. A study conducted in 2007 title, "Medicinal Smoke Reduces Airborne Bacteria", stated that smudging is an extremely potent form of sterilization, as quoted below: 
We have observed that 1 hour treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs, on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24 hour in the closed room.

 

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The Art of Smudging 101: The Benefits

Stay Rad,

Merrissa

The Art of Smudging 101 – The Basics
The Art of Smudging 101: The Basics

After I published my latest thrifting finds video (If you haven’t watched it yet, what are you doing?! Check it out, here) I received a few questions about smudging. So I’m taking a few of those answers and turning it into a blog post for anyone curious about the basic ideals of smudging. There are a lot of faucets to smudging so this is a very broad and top-level enlightenment session.

WHAT IS SMUDGING? In the simplest term, smudging is the act of cleansing. Are you intrigued yet? Okay good, let’s delve in. Smudging is based on the combination of herbal, spiritual, medicinal and cultural teachings of the past. A smudge ceremony (aka Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing) is performed to correct the energy in your home, office, a person or even an object.

BENEFITS The benefits of smudging are endless, so I’ll only mention a few today. Smudging not only allows you to wash away all the emotional and spiritual negativity that gathers in your body, on a day to day basis, but combats said negativity, clears your energy and helps you start afresh. The aroma of the smudge stick and the effects of smudging can be very effective, oftentimes, sending away stress or anxiety instantly. This practice allows you to make room for energy, good vibes and peace. It is recommended to smudge on a regular basis, like the beginning of every new season. This helps your body and space adjust to the healing rhythms of the seasonal cycle. Most importantly, though, smudging can turn your home (or any space) and your body into a peaceful (+ beautiful!) temple in which you can find happiness and rejuvenation.

IS THIS SOMETHING NEW? The history of smudging goes back thousands of years. (Warning, this ranks moderately high on the woo-woo scale) The Native Americans, called on the spirits of sacred plants to drive away negative energies, which then allows you to be back into a state of balance. Smudging, to early Native Americans, is the psychic equivalent of washing our hands before eating. Remember, when you perform a smudging ritual you are plugging into an ancient, powerful line of spiritual tradition.

Have you ever performed a smudging ritual? 

 

Stay Rad + Kind,

Merrissa

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