The Art of Smudging 101: The Benefits
Our bodies, homes and personal belongings are not purely physical matter; they vibrate with invisible yet subtle energy. Think of smudging as the spiritual spring cleaning; utilize a smudge ceremony to cleanse your body/object or a space to clear away all negative / emotional garbage.
Moving forward with the smudging + cleansing vibe, I am sharing with you the benefits of smudging. If you missed part one of this series, check the basics of smudging here and then come back and catch up with us. Like I previously mentioned, the most basic definition of smudging is to cleanse. You're probably asking yourself, "What in the hell are we cleansing?" And "How is waving a burning wand of sage going to benefit me or my life?". And that's fine, I've been there too and I've asked those questions plenty of times. So let's jump right in to the benefits of smudging and how it can transform your life.
3 Benefits of Smudging
- Clears negative energy. While you are burning the smudge stick you are purifying a room or object with the smoke of the sacred herbs. Once the negative energy is removed, positive energy can now fill the space.
- Improves your mood. Sage and other herbs, when burned, release negative ions which has been linked to boosting your mood. The aroma of sage increases the oxygen supply to your brain and produces a relaxation of muscle tension. In fact, the burning of smudge sticks has been used to combat feelings of depression, fear, frustration, resentment, anger and grief.
- Kills germs. The smoke from some herbs used in smudge sticks actually change the molecular structure of air and energy which in return, produces a cleansing effect. A study conducted in 2007 title, "Medicinal Smoke Reduces Airborne Bacteria", stated that smudging is an extremely potent form of sterilization, as quoted below:
We have observed that 1 hour treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs, on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24 hour in the closed room.
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