The Fundamentals of Smudging

A generalized overview of “smudging.”

What is Smudging?

Smudging is a very old traditional ceremony that is used to for several reasons, including —–
To purify and clean the air.
To remove negativity from an area or person and restore balance to that area or person.
To encourage goodness to come to an area or person.
To cleanse out negative energy and to replenish positive, healing energy.
To encourage a healthy body and mind.
It is used in a space, on yourself or on another.

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Smudging is done by burning specific plant material. The plant materials used do not generally flame and burn. After being lit, any small flame goes out to leave a smoldering. The smoke arises from these plants and it is with the smoke that the smudging is done.

If you have never smudged you will want to start after seeing this guide. When we think of smudging we generally think of sage and sweetgrass. But there are so many more plants to use. Within this guide you will find a variety of 11 different plants to smudge with (including rose petals).. But that’s not all. As a Bonus you will also find 12 blends to tantalize the senses. Use these blends when making a smudge bundle or use them loose within your smudge bowl. Grab it while it’s on sale.. HERE

The Four Most Popular Smudge Plants

SAGE: Today — and for quite some time — sage has taken center stage as the most popular for smudging. And white sage is very popular. I think this is because it can be easily purchased. There are to many laws against taking parts of plants that are on government land. Thus, folks are very hesitant to cultivate wild sage unless they have some growing on private property or know someone who does.

SWEET GRASS: Sweetgrass is another very popular plant for smudging. However, braids of sweetgrass have increased in price over the years. I remember when it was about $3. a braid. Now I am seeing $12. and more for a braid.
It is said that the sweet scent attracts good spirits much the same as it is attractive and pleasing to us humans.
You do not have to braid it to burn and smudge. You can bundle it like sage and make a smudge stick. You can cut it into pieces and burn a loose smudge.

CEDAR: It’s often used to purify a space or person. It is thought to have similar properties as Sage and sweet grass in that, when burning, the smoke is a cleansing and protecting agent.

TOBACCO: Ceremonial tobacco is not the same as commercial tobacco. First Nations and Métis use tobacco for ceremony, healing and giving thanks. The smoke that rises from the lit tobacco is said to open the soul to allow the spirits to bring their healing powers and remove negative energy.

See my COMPLETE GUIDE TO SMUDGING in the store. 24 pages that will guide you through the complete process of smudging. What you will need, insight to variety of common smudge materials and the effect of smudging with them. Plus, how to make a smudge stick, how to do the smudge for the best results – this includes smudging yourself, someone else or a space. PLUS 2 BONUS’S . Find it HERE


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One thought on “The Fundamentals of Smudging

  1. Sage and cedar smudging ceremonies still occur regularly among the Indigenous people of our area (the Yellowknife Dene, Tlicho and Slavey peoples) to bless new homes and during times of illness. And wild sage grows abundantly this far north as well!

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