What Is Smudging And How To Do It Effectively

For centuries, smudging has been used to raise vibrations, dispel of negativity, and assist with spiritual work. In North America, it is a practice common to Native American's that slowly but surely became a widespread ritual used by many for healing purposes. Today, I will dive into the benefits of smudging and the types of herbs that can be used for smudging.

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By definition, smudging is the process of burning sacred herbs to cleanse a space or person.


We have the traditions of many Native American peoples to thank for this calming and cleansing ritual. This includes the Lakota, Chumash, Cahuilla, among others.


Smudging is something I have found so relaxing, inspiring, and enlightening. I personally try to smudge at least once a day. I always like to smudge in the morning while I'm getting ready, as I feel it brings good vibes for the entire day.


Read on to learn about the benefits of smudging and how smudging can heal your soul.


10 Benefits of Smudging:

  1. It's purifying for the soul

  2. Reduces airborne bacteria

  3. Dispels negative energy

  4. Can cleanse and empower a specific object or person

  5. Improves your mood

  6. Soothes stress

  7. Improves quality of sleep

  8. Boost your cognition

  9. Boost your energy level

  10. Can create an uplifting fragrance


One of the most interesting parts when learning about smudging (for me) was the fact that it reduces airborne bacteria. Research has shown that burning medicinal smoke can purify the air and eliminate up to 94% of harmful bacteria for up to 24 hours.


This is especially important to note during a pandemic. Smudging is a great way to cleanse your home from airborne bacteria to keep you and your loved ones safe.


It doesn't take much to smudge, just a few tools are required that include your sacred herb of choice, a shell/bowl to rest the herb in while burning, and a lighter or matches.