Smudging is an ancient form of ritual alchemy used to change, shift, and transform using the element of air. Smoke from dried sage and other sacred plants change the ionic composition of the air and reduce your stress response. Burning these herbs in order to prevent illness, ward off negative energy, or cleanse a space, person or group, is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Native Americans used sage in ceremonies. Plants have been used for their healing properties across many cultures since the beginning of time. Inhaling these scents, it’s easier to tune into your own subtle energy and the energy of the space you’re in. For most people, the scent of smudge sticks is calming on a soul level. Use this form of aromatherapy to reduce stress, balance your energy, and cleanse your home. Burning smudge sticks also helps create a spiritual atmosphere for your yoga or meditation practice.
Lavender, often called “the mother plant” by healers, is rich with medicinal qualities, having dozens of applications. Lavender is soothing, calming and long associated with Anahata, the heart chakra.
Selenite has the ability to quickly unblock stagnant, stuck energy to promote a healthy, smooth flow of energy throughout your body. Selenite is a form of gypsum crystal. This soft, but powerful, mineral is extremely important to work with, as the selenite healing properties are greatly beneficial for everyone. It helps to stabilize and balance the emotional body. Selenite wands can also be used to clean and clear other crystals that you aquire of any negative energies they have picked up.
Palo Santo literally means “holy wood”, and it is just that. When it is burned, the smoke is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing power. Traditionally, it is burned by Incas, indigenous people of the Andes, Shamans, and medicine people for spiritual purifying, energy cleansing, and healing. Palo Santo is often used by Amazonian shamans in sacred plant spirit ceremonies; the rising smoke of the lit sticks is believed to enter the energy field of ritual participants to clear misfortune, negative thoughts, and to chase away evil spirits. Its use reportedly dates back to the Inca era.
The most ideal and necessary times to smudge your aura and/or space would be:
- When you move into a new living space
- When you begin a new job or start your own business
- Before and after a guest enters your home
- Before and after a yoga or healing session
- Before meditation
- After an argument or illness
- Upon returning home from crowded situations