Smudging Your Home: A Tutorial


Smudging Your Home

Smudging Your Home - Why?

Are you feeling as though your home is being blocked or invaded by negative energies? Perhaps you might even feel like a negative spirit is visiting your home. Maybe you should consider smudging your home. As crazy as it may sound, many people both past and present have felt negative energies and even what they believed to be negative spirits inside of their own homes. One of those people is me.

Throughout my entire life I have been sensitive to spirits and energies, since I was a little girl. More recently, I experienced a second episode of what science calls "sleep paralysis", though to seemed much more spiritual than a simple brain malfunction. What did I decide to do the next day? I decided to do a smudging ritual in my home.

What is smudging and why should you consider smudging your home? Smudging is a ritual in which a certain bundle of herbs is burned, of which smoke is allowed to emanate and undulate throughout a room or over a person in order to clear out negative energies. This is a cleansing ritual used in many New Age spiritual paths, as well as Native American shamanism and Wicca too.

Why should you smudge your home? If you feel as though you have some trapped or pent-up negative energies resonating in your home, try smudging your home to clear out the negative energies that may be trapped within the walls. For me, I felt as though I had more than negative energy...I felt as though I was experiencing a negative spirit. It was in direct correlation to what many call "sleep paralysis", but to me, it was more of a spiritual crazy as that may sound. I did a smudging on my home the following morning and guess what? I came home to find my home entirely peaceful and serene...with quite a pleasant, aromatic scent!

What are the actions to take in smudging your home? For me, it was quite simple, but I didn't follow any traditional ways of smudging...I sort of made up my own smudging ritual.

I bought a bundle of white sage, lit one end of it, and then worked my way through each room of my home..letting the smoke reach every corner of every room...while I said a prayer that went something like this:

"In the name of the God and the Goddess, I cleanse this room of all negative energy."

Herbs for Smudging

White Sage Smudging
White Sage Smudging
Cedar Smudging
Cedar Smudging

Herbs for Smudging

There are particular herbs that should be used for smudging your home. Herbs for smudging could include white sage, cedar, grandmother sweetgrass, dakota sage, desert sage, and even red willow bark.

Where do these herbs for smudging originate? Herbs for smudging actually originate in many of the Native American tribal traditions such as the Ojibway and Cree tribes. These two Native American tribes believed that smudging your home or a person would release any negative influence and also had medicinal and mosquito-repellent effects. So why shouldn't perform a smudging of your home?

You can try out one of these herbs for smudging, whichever herb you can get your hands on...though my favorite and the easiest for me to purchase is the white sage. The cleansing power of white sage is astounding, especially if you're having troubles sleeping or having negative thoughts while in your home.

Smudging your home could be more than beneficial to you and your could be utterly cleansing. Give it a try.

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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether Author

I might, actually. Go to her youtube channel and comment on a video...she might be willing to help. Tell her Rhiannon (that's my Youtube name) sent you:

Pilar 3 years ago

Hi there - I'm looking for someone to smudge my home. I live in Toronto, Ontario. Do you know of anyone who can help?

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

It's definitely not "cool"'s a spiritual attack in my personal experience & opinion. It is a negative entity trying to frighten us or pull energy from us. Not COOL at all! I think these types of entities are attracted to those of us who are more spiritually they get something more off of us than others perhaps.

Fluke98 4 years ago

kittythedreamer--Must be scary...I felt it before and my heart just kept on racing with fear. The worst one happened while bathing and that was freaky could've drown.... Sleep paralysis is a form of spiritual possession and some individual thinks it's cool , but I honestly think it's trespassing to our body's soul.

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

fluke98 - Yes, I have experienced sleep paralysis twice in my life...both times using a smudging cleansing ritual that worked.

fluke98 4 years ago

Kittythedreamer--it seems almost every culture uses smoke to evacuate the spirits...I am not sure what is the theory behind it , but for me it doesn't seem to work when I was in the mazu religion. I remember a smoky room and irritating eyes. claimed to be sensitive to spirits...have you experienced momentary paralyzed while asleep?

MakJoSi 4 years ago

haha~ I remembered I had a client who burn those joss papers and stuff at home and rang the smoke alarm all the time, causing the whole building to freak out! XD~

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

If they don't do it properly and safely, I'm sure it could be a problem. It's all about common sense, though.

MakJoSi 4 years ago

Interesting! I got here just now and saw this interesting post! Very different from Taoist's way of doing magic but burning things is a problem for some homes nowadays too.

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

The Writers Dog - Sounds like a wonderful idea for spring cleaning! Thanks for stopping by.

The Writers Dog 4 years ago

Hi Kitty. Just found your Hub after doing a search on smudging. I smudged the last two houses I lived in, but have been rather slack and still have not done my current home. Something to do on Saturday!

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Thank you sharyn's slant.

pan1974 - Glad you found it interesting. :)

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pan1974 5 years ago from Columbus,Ga

Interesting hub.

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Kitty,

I was just talking with friends this past weekend about smudging our homes. Will pass on your hub. Thanks so much!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

SheliaKay - Bummer that it dried out, but you can still use dry sage to do a smudging you know. Thanks for reading and good luck!

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SheliaKay 5 years ago from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie

Great Hub, the video added a nice touch. I recently tried to do a smudging in my home using fresh sage I purchased from my local grocery store then dried it out in my oven. I live in an area where these items are just not available. I never though about smudging myself or others. I think the next time my extremely negative sister comes to visit I will have to do a smudging on her. I love the idea of using a feather also, now that I have plenty available being I have a bird. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

d.william - Thanks! And I concur. After smudging, my home felt warm and comforting...definitely uplifting and aromatic, as well.

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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Loved this article. I have not done smudging in years, and now i will have to find a place that sells these smudging herbs/spices locally. Thanks for the article and the reminder. I also found post smudging to be soothing, calming and especially uplifting and aromatic.

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

whounowho - Thanks so much and thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

I enjoyed your article very much. Thanks for the interesting information. I have Native American ancestry.

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Mr. Happy - Very interesting! I must know more! Thanks for sharing.

cherylone - NO problem, Blessed Be!

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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut

Thanks for the input, Blessed Be.

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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Greetings again Mrs. Kittythedreamer,

I appreciate your interest. Dacia was more or less the Romania of today but after the Roman invasion (the last war was between 105-106AD, part of the "Dacian Wars"), with time we became a mix of Romans and Dacians which resulted in Romanians.

We held many of our ancient values and beliefs though and many Romanians still consider themselves Dacians. The colours of our flag: red, yellow and blue have been the same for two to three thousand years, unchanged.

That's what I can say in a couple of paragraphs. I do intend on writing perhaps a series of blogs relating to Dacia and Dacians, since I do realize these terms are not very well known.

All the best and have a great week-end!

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

CresentMoon - Thanks and happy you enjoyed it!

Mr. Happy - Again, thanks for posting your experiences with smudging and with the Natives. If you don't mind me asking, who are the "Dacians"? I've never heard of them and I'm curious now. I'll check out your hub on the Sunrise sounds magical. :)

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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Great blog! I loved this.

I especially liked the part where you wrote that: "I sort of made up my own smudging ritual." - that is great! In my opinion there is no one right way. We all have different paths, adventures and trials and we have to make our own trail. You seem to be doing just that. I wish you wizdom, strength and luck in your endevours.

White Sage is indeed the most commonly used. The Ojibwa whom I am lucky to be a little close to and I have learned a few things from burn cedar, tobacco and sage (no sweet-grass for some reason but they do consider it a medicine herb) when they perform a smudging. According to the beliefs of my Dacian ancestors though, I also use wormwood ("pelin" in my language). The latter does not grow in Canada so I get mine from back-home.

I think smudging is a great way to clear a place of negative energy and it can be used on people too - I do smudging on myself as well together with prayers. It helps for me ...

(I am going to link another blog I wrote which I think you might enjoy - I wrote it after coming back from Dokis First Nation Reserve, this past July. It was my first time taking part in the "Sunrise Ceremony" - I experienced smudging then as well. A most magical experience (no photos from there this time, sorry):

Thank you for a great piece of writing. All the best!

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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

Very interesting article. I love the whole idea of smudging. Thanks for sharing.

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