How to Smudge Your Home

There are lots of ways to spiritually cleanse your home. The most commonly known method is called smudging. Smudging is an ancient ritual practice performed by indigenous cultures. Super simplified, it is the burning of sacred plants or herbs for the use of the purifying properties of their smoke.  The smoke is believed to be spiritually cleansing, as well as healing. Smudging is a ceremony similar to the religious  practice of burning Frankincense and Myrrh to deter evil and cleanse the souls of church members. Similarly, Native Americans have been known to burn White Sage and/or Palo Santo Wood for their cleansing rituals.  Cedar Wood, tobacco and Sweetgrass are also known to be used for smudging.

Smoking out negativity in your home may not be desirable if you have respiratory health conditions, you don’t like the smell or if you don’t feel connected to the roots of the practice. Consider creating an energy clearing spray with the essential oils from the sacred plants listed above. Some cultures actually use salt instead of smoke to cleanse their homes of unwanted energies and entities. Salt is believed to have the ability to absorb negative energy and replace it with positive energy. No matter what tools you use, the process is pretty much the same. The main focus is the intention and the belief behind the ritual of cleansing your home.

Steps to Spiritually Cleanse Your Home:

  1. Open all your curtains and blinds. This is best done on a sunny day because the sunlight itself has uplifting and has healing properties of its own. Crack a window or door to allow an exit for unwanted energies.
  2. Open all inside doors to bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, basements and so on. This allows the energy an easy route out of the house and makes it easier for you to access all spaces.
  3. Please be sure to keep lit sacred plants in a fire safe bowl of some kind that you can comfortably hold in one hand. A shell has been known to be used for this. Also, have an item to help you direct the smoke and gently fan the embers to keep the smoke active. This can be anything that will do the job, a greeting card, envelope, feather, etc. Choose an item with positive connections to it.
  4. You will say a prayer, chant or whatever you feel works best for you as you move through your home with your preferred method of clearing. So, take some time to think about what you will say. When I clear the energy from my office before a reading, I like to say: “Thank you God, Angels, ancestors and guides for clearing all negative and unwanted energies from this space. Thank you for allowing only positive and healing energies into this space.” However, you can say whatever positive declaration that feels best for you.
  5. Before beginning your way through your home, take a moment to thank your higher power, ancestors, angels, Mother Earth, and your sacred herbs for working with you to clear negativity from your home and welcome positivity in its place. Take the time to cleanse your own energy before beginning your energy clearing practice.
  6. Start on one side of your front door and slowly make your way around your home directing the your clearing smoke or spray up toward where the wall meets the ceiling. Do this in each room and in every corner, closet and dark space. You might feel the need to concentrate in certain areas of your home and that’s okay. Follow your intuition. If using salt, you can salt the perimeter of each room and/or each corner of the room.
  7. You will do this on every floor of your home and make your way back to the front door, ending on the opposite side of the door from where you started.
  8. If you chose to use the smudging method of smoke, many believe it’s best to let the fire to die out on its own while safely keeping an eye on it. Once the fire is out, you could bury the ashes in your yard or you can rinse them away with water.

If you choose to smudge, especially with sacred herbs and plants, please consider using the method that is most closely associated with your ancestors.  Also, please do your research and do your best to purchase your smudging supplies from a responsibly sourced company.  

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