How to Smudge Your Home
Why Smudge Your Home?
Are you feeling as though your home is being blocked or invaded by negativity? 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 me...it 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, but dates back to ancient times. Multiple cultures would use the smoke of herbs and plants to clear a space in preparation for ritual including the Native Americans and Celts.
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 something called sleep paralysis but to me, it was more of a spiritual attack...as 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!
How to Smudge Your Home
What are the actions to take in smudging your home? It's actually quite simple. First of all, before starting, make sure at least one window or door to your home is open. This is to let the energy flow as it may.
1. Light one end of your smudge bundle with the flame of a candle.
2. Walk through each room of your home, letting the smoke reach every corner of every room (you can use your hand or a feather to fan the smoke)...and say a prayer or chant like this:
"In the name of God, I cleanse this room of all negative energy."
You can make up a chant to use or say something as simple as the chant above. I've also used this phrase:
"All negative energy must go away. Only positive energy can stay."
3. Repeat this until each of your rooms have been thoroughly smudged. You can do this in your garage, attic, basement, and closets too, if you feel it is necessary.
Smudging Your Home
Herbs for 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. In addition to the Native American traditional smudging herbs, you can try rosemary, rose, lemongrass and more. Any herb that can be burned and has a cleansing, purifying, or protective effect will work well.
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 family...it could be utterly cleansing. Give it a try.
If you want to spiritually cleanse and bless your home: after smudging, take a little olive oil and bless the windows and doorframes to your home.