Incense and Smudging

SMUDGING for CLEANSING

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Smudging is a process of cleansing and purifying the mind, body and soul by burning herbs and essential oils.  Native Americans started the smudging ritual by burning sacred plants in a bowl or on a stick to clear space of negative energies and restore balance.  They have been doing this for ages.  These simple smudging rituals can change your life by promoting healing and can turn your home into a spiritual sanctuary.  Begin each morning with a simple smudging cleansing so you can sail through the day with confidence and hope.

Smudging involves blazing of certain sacredly-important plants and resins that are herbal in nature and then fanning the smoke of the burnt plants and herbs around the person, object or place that is being subjected to smudging.  It is believed that doing this purifies everything, including the mind, body and soul.  Prepare or purchase smudging bundles which are made out of leaves of the plants that are first tied together and then left to dry.  When dried, use it as incense by lighting the end and then putting out the flame.  Use a burning dish, usually a large shell, and wave the smoke (usually with a feather) around the area of the room, and around the person being smudged, to make the area pure and free of all evils.  Smudging is thought to heal the emotional and psychic parts in humans through spiritual purification.

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