Burning sage also known as smudging is an ancient spiritual ritual. Smudging was established by the Native Americans. Sage was used as a purifying tool because of its antimicrobial properties. It was used to keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay. Sage was used to clear out spiritual impurities, and insects while smudging. Sage is also thought to release negative ions which helps to neutralize positive ions. Some of these positive ions are pet dander, pollution, dust, and mold. Smudging sage might be a blessing for those who suffer from asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and any other respiratory conditions. So the proper way to reap these benefits is to smudge the area and allow the smoke to clear before entering the room.
I use sage as a spiritual tool. I smudge my house by opening all my windows and doors, put on some feel good music and chant positive affirmations. This will allow my space to be free of any negative energy that may be lingering in my home. I sometimes play my ancestors music, dancehall, or r&b. It depends on my mood. By also smudging with sage it helps me to enhance my intuition. I also like to use sage and clear my space whenever I get ready to do an intuitive reading. It helps me to feel calm and open to the divine messages that spirit uses to channel through me.
So let's talk about the basic tools you need to smudge. You need a sage bundle of course. Now don’t get overwhelmed by the choices because there are many. For starters you can use white sage. You will also need an alborne seashell bowl or you can use a cauldron pot like myself. You will also need some matches and a feather of your choice or a fan for fanning the smoke. Remember to keep your windows open before you start smudging. You want to do this so that the smoke and the negative energies that may be lingering will have a place to exit.
Smudging has its many benefits. When done properly you will have a clean and clear environment that you can sleep peacefully in. Your stress level will subside and your mood will be brighter. You can smudge your space as needed. You can even smudge an object. Whatever your reasons for smudging are totally your choice just have fun and do it safely.