Smudge sticks have been utilized by Native Americans for centuries as a way to cleanse negative energy and bring positivity back into a space. Even if you’re not really into the spiritual benefits of smudge sticks, try them out in an environment that is relaxing to you and enjoy how great they smell!
Hitting the restart button can work wonders. A popular way to bring positive energy back into your life and living space is by using smudge sticks. Smudge sticks have been used for centuries as a way to cleanse and purify before or after certain events. Native Americans utilized them to bring good energy to their homes. A perk is that they also smell wonderful.
Smudging is recommended a few times per year according to meditation experts. You can smudge once a week to cleanse and purify your living space.
Some popular times to smudge include when moving into a new living space, after negative energy is brought into your home or living space, before meditation, when you need a mood boost, or as a way to start the day off on the right foot.
A nice way to think about smudging is comparing it to taking a nice bath and washing away all of the dirt and negative energy from outside. You’re left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. It’s a great way to reconnect with your space and bring happiness to the environment you are smudging.
How to make smudge sticks:
- Cut the branches, flowers, herbs to be several inches long (4-7 inches)
- Take a piece of cotton twine / thin cord and wrap the branches together in a bundle
- Make sure the cord is tightly wrapped around the length of your smudge stick
- Let the smudge stick completely dry before burning
How to use it:
Now that you have your smudge stick prepared and dried, take a heat proof burning surface and light the bumble until it begins to smoke. Traditionally, an abalone shell is used in smudging ceremonies. You just want your bundle to smoke; if it becomes a flame, blow it out until the smoke is just left. You might have to light it a few times during this process. Once you have smoke going, wave the smoke towards you using your hand. Think about the smoke getting rid of all of your negative energy and only leaving positivity and happiness. Rejuvenate and relax! Once you’re all finished, let the sage burn out or gently press out in your container. You’re supposed to bury the sage to complete the ritual. Then next time use a fresh smudge stick!
What plants to use:
There are a variety of different flowers and herbs that can be used in smudge sticks. Each have different healing properties that you can benefit from during your smudging ritual.
- Sage – cleansing, reduces negativity, blessing and healing properties
- Thyme – reduces negativity, memory aid, helps center the mind
- Lavendar – calming, mindfulness, relaxation, mood booster
- Rosemary – soothing, encourages peace
- Frankincense – relaxation, stress relief
- Basil – helps center the mind, happiness
- Lemongrass – purifying, cleansing, clarity, focus
- Rose petals – attracting love, calming, good for meditation
- Eucalyptus – healing, protecting
- Bay Leaves – mood booster, calming, good for anxiety, protecting
- Cinnamon – increase energy, motivating, healing
- Lemon Balm- cleansing, calming
- Juniper- cleansing, purifying