Updated: Jul 16, 2020
Ok, so what exactly is smudging and why do it?
Good question and put simply, smudging is the act of burning a medicinal herb, incense or wood to cleanse the energy both of yourself, other living beings and physical spaces we interact with.
Many ancient cultures and sciences like Ayurveda use smudging or smoking ceremonies as a healing technique. Smudging is encouraged to be regularly implemented as part of our daily cleansing and renewal routines. For example, within my clinic after every client and treatment, I smudge the space to cleanse any residual energy left behind. I also cleanse my living space regularly ensure my home feels light, fresh and peaceful.
Ayurveda acknowledges that the human experience encompasses the physical body, the mind and the subtle or energy body within each of us. We are energy, we exchange energy and leave energy behind. Energy can be cleansed and restored and this is where smudging comes in.
By lightly burning a herbal substance like sage or a herbal bundle, an incense or wood like Palo Santo (pictured above), you neutralise the energy field using the smoke that is created. Spread the smoke stemming from your chosen smudging tool to the areas around you and in the space. You can say a prayer, mantra or just some positive intentions in team with this.
This is not a religious practice (although religions do use it) or weird voodoo, just simply an acknowledgement that we have subtle bodies which are as much a part of us as physical organs and systems. If you would like to read more on the proven health benefits of smudging for you your home, please click here.
Give it a go and start with a practice that feels comfortable for you. Please get in touch if you have any questions, as always happy to help and be of assistance.
With light and love,
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