How to Smudge Your Home
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:
- Light one end of your smudge bundle with the flame of a candle.
- 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."
- 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.
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.
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.
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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