History of Smudging
Smudging is a practice that has been used for thousands of years for a wide variety of spiritual, ceremonial, and medicinal purposes. Indigenous peoples of North America utilize sage smudge sticks for cleansing and purifying negative or stagnant energy from people, spaces, and objects. Sage may be used in combination with other plants in smudging; the sage for cleansing and the additional herbs for blessing and healing. Sacred items are often stored with sage to keep them safe from negative energies.
Smudging is performed during big life changes such as birth, death, moving into or out of a home, changing jobs, and divorce or separation. It is also useful when you have been feeling depressed, resentful, angry, unwell, after an argument, or generally unsettled and imbalanced. The smudging of a home is done several times a year to clarify the energy of the space and create peace and harmony.
Smudging is a process intended to purify, cleanse, and drive out negative energy, thoughts, or feelings from a space, person, or object while invoking positive energy, influences, and balance. Smudging is an ancient and sacred practice, and should always be performed with respect and reverence.