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You should Smudge whenever you feel negative energy is affecting you, your possessions and your surroundings. Smudge whenever you feel you need to create or enhance positive energy around you. Focus and intent are very important. As you walk around the rooms in your home that you want cleansed, picture the negative energies being brushed and cleaned away and imagine bringing up the Earth’s energies and all the positive energies from the sky. Smudge your home on a regular schedule or whenever you feel it is necessary.
Rules for Smudging your Home to Release Negative Energy
Ceremonial white sage is preferred for smudging. Carefully light your white sage at the tips of the leaves, making sure you have a fireproof bowl or plate ready to catch any ash as it burns.
Sage smudging is the most powerful, not when the sage is burning with a flame, but simply smoldering and smoking. If your sage is burning and you can see the flame, just blow it out and you’re ready to begin smudging.
When smudging your house, you’ll want to start from the back of the house and move to the front. If you have multiple levels, start from the bottom of the house and move to the top. Open windows to allow the negative energy to leave.
When you select the room you’re going to start smudging in, begin in one corner of the room, and move methodically around the room or rooms. Try to get behind furniture and in all other nooks and crannies in the space.
Our favorite smudging affirmation: “Bless this home and all who enter, please cleanse this home of all stagnant and negative energy, fill this home with light and love and with positive energy of the highest vibration.”
Use a feather to waft the smoke by carefully moving the entire smudge stick (and your fireproof bowl to catch ashes) in that direction. When you reach a window or door, waft the smoke into all four corners, beginning at the bottom left and moving in a clockwise direction.
Open cabinets and closets and waft inside, holding in your mind the intention to release density, stuck energy and negativity into the light. The last room you smudge should be the one with the front door.
When you’re finished, move outside and waft around the four corners of the door.
White sage is the most common herb in smudge sticks. You’ll also find a few other herbs commonly used that each have their own advantages. Here’s a breakdown of what you can use in a smudge stick:
- White Sage: For wisdom, calming and healing.
- Sweet Grass: Promotes feminine properties and remind us that the Earth provides everything we need to live healthy nourished lives.
- Lavender: Attract positive energy and love.
- Juniper: Purifies and creates a safe and sacred space.
- Cedar: Most commonly used when moving into a new space. It is used for protection and clearing of negative energies.
- Frankincense: Alleviates depression and promote joyousness. Frankincense was once thought to be more valuable than gold. (burnt on charcoal)
- Yerba Santa: Protects boundaries and clears the air of mold and impurities.
- Rosemary: Promotes health and memory.
- Mugwort: Stimulates dreams.
- Copal: Gives thanks to the earth, copal is similar to frankincense. (burnt on charcoal)
My husband and I bought our home 2 1/2 yrs ago. It seemed all our home projects came with much difficulty and added problems. Seemed that no project could be completed with ease. I didn’t feel the peace that I felt in our previous home. After speaking with a neighbor and hearing of all the “unrest” and turmoil that took place in our home (with the previous owners) I decided to order the Smudge Kit. We followed the directions “To a T”. Since my husband and I used the kit together I feel more at peace in our home and we were able to rid our home of the “negative energy” that existed. I would highly recommend this smudge kit and Prayers. We will do more routine smudging to “keep the Peace” in our home.
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