What is smudging?
Smudging is a way to cleanse energy. You can smudge places, people and objects. It originated with the Native American practice that includes burning bundles of herbs and its now becoming more widely practiced. Popular smudging items include sage and Palo Santo, but can include any herbs, resins or barks, which have been burned for centuries across cultures around the globe.
When should I smudge?
Trust your instincts – you have an innate ability to get a feel for energy. If it feels like the vibe is a little off, smudging might be in order. Many people often observe this when they move house, for example. Negative energy doesn’t have to be sinister – it could just be the last remaining energy of the previous inhabitant.
There are also scientific benefits of smouldering certain herbs (e.g. the benefits of smudging sage).
How do I smudge?
The easiest way to smudge is to use a smudge stick. Something like a bundle of white sage
or a stick of Palo Santo is perfect. Make
sure your space is well ventilated and light the tip. Let the flame burn for a few seconds, then blow it out. Guide the smoke around your space, or object. Be careful about hot ash though – use a shell or a heat proof dish to collect ash, and to rest the smudge stick on.
The Sage Box is great if you want to explore smudging with sage. We have a similar offer for Palo Santo lovers. Alternatively, The Meditative Box includes Palo Santo, a sage smudge stick and Nepali rope incense and offers something for everyone.