How to Smudge Your Home

Updated on April 4, 2018
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Kitty has been following an alternative spiritual path for seventeen years. She encourages others to follow their souls' calling.

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How to Smudge Your Home

Are you feeling as though your home is being blocked or invaded by negativity? Perhaps you might even feel like a negative spirit is visiting your home. Either way, consider smudging to cleanse your space.

How do you smudge your home? It's actually quite simple. First of all, before starting, make sure at least one window or door to your home is open. This is to let the energy flow as it may. To clear a space of negative or stale energy, follow these steps:

  1. Light one end of your smudge bundle with the flame of a candle.
  2. Walk through each room of your home, letting the smoke reach every corner of every room (you can use your hand or a feather to fan the smoke). As you move through the house, say a prayer or chant like this: "In the name of God, I cleanse this room of all negative energy." You can make up a chant to use or say something as simple as the chant above. I've also used this phrase: "All negative energy must go away. Only positive energy can stay."
  3. Repeat this until all of your rooms have been thoroughly smudged. You can do this in your garage, attic, basement, and closets too, if you feel it is necessary.

You can use a small clay pot or an abalone shell to set your smoking sage bundle in (though it's not required).
You can use a small clay pot or an abalone shell to set your smoking sage bundle in (though it's not required). | Source

Why Smudge Your Home?

Smudging is a ritual in which a certain bundle of herbs is burned and the smoke from the bundle is then allowed to emanate and undulate throughout a room or over a person in order to clear out negative energies. This is a cleansing ritual used in many New Age spiritual paths, but it dates back to ancient times. Multiple cultures, including the Native Americans and Celts, would use the smoke of herbs and plants to clear a space in preparation for rituals.

So, why should you smudge your home? If you feel as though you have some trapped or pent-up negative energies resonating throughout your home, try smudging to clear out the negative energies that may be trapped inside.

White Sage

White sage is often used in smudging rituals.
White sage is often used in smudging rituals. | Source

Herbs for Smudging

There are particular herbs that should be used for smudging your home; some popular ones include white sage, cedar, grandmother sweetgrass, Dakota sage, desert sage, and even red willow bark.

Where did the use of these herbs originate? Well, many Native American tribes, including the Ojibway and Cree, often used them in various tribal traditions. These two Native American tribes believed that smudging your home, or a person, would release any negative influences. They also recognized that some of the herbs had medicinal and mosquito-repellent effects. In addition to the Native American traditional smudging herbs, you can try rosemary, rose, lemongrass, and more. Any herb that can be burned and has a cleansing, purifying, or protective effect will work well.

You can try smudging with any of these herbs that you can get your hands on. That said, my favorite, and the easiest for me to purchase, is the white sage. The cleansing power of white sage is astounding, especially if you're having troubles sleeping or having negative thoughts while in your home.

Smudging your home could be more than beneficial to you and your family—it could be utterly cleansing. Give it a try.

Additional Tip

If you want to spiritually cleanse and bless your home: after smudging, take a little olive oil and bless the windows and doorframes to your home.

Smudging Your Home

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    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      5 years ago from Summerland

      I might, actually. Go to her youtube channel and comment on a video...she might be willing to help. Tell her Rhiannon (that's my Youtube name) sent you:

      http://www.youtube.com/user/thevioletkat

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      Pilar 

      5 years ago

      Hi there - I'm looking for someone to smudge my home. I live in Toronto, Ontario. Do you know of anyone who can help?

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      It's definitely not "cool"...it's a spiritual attack in my personal experience & opinion. It is a negative entity trying to frighten us or pull energy from us. Not COOL at all! I think these types of entities are attracted to those of us who are more spiritually connected...like they get something more off of us than others perhaps.

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      Fluke98 

      6 years ago

      kittythedreamer--Must be scary...I felt it before and my heart just kept on racing with fear. The worst one happened while bathing and that was freaky could've drown.... Sleep paralysis is a form of spiritual possession and some individual thinks it's cool , but I honestly think it's trespassing to our body's soul.

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      fluke98 - Yes, I have experienced sleep paralysis twice in my life...both times using a smudging cleansing ritual that worked.

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      fluke98 

      6 years ago

      Kittythedreamer--it seems almost every culture uses smoke to evacuate the spirits...I am not sure what is the theory behind it , but for me it doesn't seem to work when I was in the mazu religion. I remember a smoky room and irritating eyes.

      Curious...you claimed to be sensitive to spirits...have you experienced momentary paralyzed while asleep?

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      MakJoSi 

      6 years ago

      haha~ I remembered I had a client who burn those joss papers and stuff at home and rang the smoke alarm all the time, causing the whole building to freak out! XD~

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      If they don't do it properly and safely, I'm sure it could be a problem. It's all about common sense, though.

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      MakJoSi 

      6 years ago

      Interesting! I got here just now and saw this interesting post! Very different from Taoist's way of doing magic but burning things is a problem for some homes nowadays too.

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      The Writers Dog - Sounds like a wonderful idea for spring cleaning! Thanks for stopping by.

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      The Writers Dog 

      6 years ago

      Hi Kitty. Just found your Hub after doing a search on smudging. I smudged the last two houses I lived in, but have been rather slack and still have not done my current home. Something to do on Saturday!

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Thank you sharyn's slant.

      pan1974 - Glad you found it interesting. :)

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      April 

      6 years ago from Columbus,Ga

      Interesting hub.

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kitty,

      I was just talking with friends this past weekend about smudging our homes. Will pass on your hub. Thanks so much!

      Sharyn

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      SheliaKay - Bummer that it dried out, but you can still use dry sage to do a smudging you know. Thanks for reading and good luck!

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      SheliaKay 

      6 years ago from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie

      Great Hub, the video added a nice touch. I recently tried to do a smudging in my home using fresh sage I purchased from my local grocery store then dried it out in my oven. I live in an area where these items are just not available. I never though about smudging myself or others. I think the next time my extremely negative sister comes to visit I will have to do a smudging on her. I love the idea of using a feather also, now that I have plenty available being I have a bird. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      d.william - Thanks! And I concur. After smudging, my home felt warm and comforting...definitely uplifting and aromatic, as well.

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      d.william 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Loved this article. I have not done smudging in years, and now i will have to find a place that sells these smudging herbs/spices locally. Thanks for the article and the reminder. I also found post smudging to be soothing, calming and especially uplifting and aromatic.

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      whounowho - Thanks so much and thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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      whonunuwho 

      6 years ago from United States

      I enjoyed your article very much. Thanks for the interesting information. I have Native American ancestry.

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Mr. Happy - Very interesting! I must know more! Thanks for sharing.

      cherylone - NO problem, Blessed Be!

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the input, Blessed Be.

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings again Mrs. Kittythedreamer,

      I appreciate your interest. Dacia was more or less the Romania of today but after the Roman invasion (the last war was between 105-106AD, part of the "Dacian Wars"), with time we became a mix of Romans and Dacians which resulted in Romanians.

      We held many of our ancient values and beliefs though and many Romanians still consider themselves Dacians. The colours of our flag: red, yellow and blue have been the same for two to three thousand years, unchanged.

      That's what I can say in a couple of paragraphs. I do intend on writing perhaps a series of blogs relating to Dacia and Dacians, since I do realize these terms are not very well known.

      All the best and have a great week-end!

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      CresentMoon - Thanks and happy you enjoyed it!

      Mr. Happy - Again, thanks for posting your experiences with smudging and with the Natives. If you don't mind me asking, who are the "Dacians"? I've never heard of them and I'm curious now. I'll check out your hub on the Sunrise Ceremony...it sounds magical. :)

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great blog! I loved this.

      I especially liked the part where you wrote that: "I sort of made up my own smudging ritual." - that is great! In my opinion there is no one right way. We all have different paths, adventures and trials and we have to make our own trail. You seem to be doing just that. I wish you wizdom, strength and luck in your endevours.

      White Sage is indeed the most commonly used. The Ojibwa whom I am lucky to be a little close to and I have learned a few things from burn cedar, tobacco and sage (no sweet-grass for some reason but they do consider it a medicine herb) when they perform a smudging. According to the beliefs of my Dacian ancestors though, I also use wormwood ("pelin" in my language). The latter does not grow in Canada so I get mine from back-home.

      I think smudging is a great way to clear a place of negative energy and it can be used on people too - I do smudging on myself as well together with prayers. It helps for me ...

      (I am going to link another blog I wrote which I think you might enjoy - I wrote it after coming back from Dokis First Nation Reserve, this past July. It was my first time taking part in the "Sunrise Ceremony" - I experienced smudging then as well. A most magical experience (no photos from there this time, sorry): https://hubpages.com/travel/On-Trails-and-the-Sunr...

      Thank you for a great piece of writing. All the best!

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      Cresentmoon2007 

      6 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Very interesting article. I love the whole idea of smudging. Thanks for sharing.

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