Smudging is an ancient practice that has been used by indigenous cultures for centuries. It involves burning one or more herbs gathered from the earth, such as sage or palo santo. The smoke produced from these herbs is said to have medicinal properties and can help to purify the air around us, as well as clear our minds, hearts, and whole being.
Smudging is used to remove stagnant or negative energies from a space, as well as from ourselves. It can be particularly helpful in times of stress or when we are feeling overwhelmed. By smudging with sage or palo santo, we create a medicinal smoke that is antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial, which can help to purify the area around us of bacteria and viruses.
Sage is typically used to clear negative energies and is great for clearing all energies. It is a powerful tool for spiritual cleansing and can help to remove any blockages or negative energies that may be hindering our progress. Palo santo, on the other hand, is great for clearing negative energy but also attracts positive energies. It has a sweet, woodsy scent and is known for its calming properties.
When smudging, you can use a smudging fan or feather to move the smoke and direct it to where you want to go. The feathers add the element of air and the circulation of energy into the world. Birds are also the messenger according to shamanic tradition, so when using the feather to move smoke through the auric field it also sends prayers up to the creator.
In addition to smudging, there are other ways to clear negative energies from our environment and ourselves. These include using crystals, sound healing, and meditation. By incorporating these practices into our daily lives, we can create a more peaceful, balanced, and harmonious existence. So next time you feel like you need to clear the air, consider smudging with sage or palo santo, and let the healing properties of these herbs guide you on your journey.