Smudging is an ancient practice that has found its way back into the mainstream these days. The reason for smudging is to cleanse the space around you with aromatic smoke.
You may use a wide variety of plant materials from all over the world. While you may be aware of burning sage bundles and sweet grass, cultures around the globe have their sacred plants and resins they use in ceremony and to cleanse the air.
Mystic Elements own smudging expert Tara Farkas, shared “I love that smudging can shift energies so quickly.” Tara went on to explain that she uses her custom blends when she does smudging for her clients. She incorporates the use of smudge as part of her practice to help her clients with abundance, peacefulness, calming, joy, and most importantly to her, to shift the negative energies one may have around them.
In Sir James Frazer’s book ‘The Golden Bough,’ written in 1922, the author shares many different types of materials used for smudging in Europe, and beyond. ‘The Golden Bough,’ is considered one of the best-researched books written on the topic.
“ The people have been busy with their preparations for days before. On the last three days of April all the houses are cleansed and fumigated with juniper berries and rue. On a Thursday at midnight bundles are made up of resinous splinters, black and red spotted hemlock, caperspurge, rosemary, and twigs of the sloe. These are kept and burned on May Day … as soon as the church bells begin to ring, the bundles of twigs, fastened on poles, are set on fire and the incense is ignited.”
You can smudge with a variety of products recognized by several cultures for their healing properties. Besides sage and herb bundles, sweet grass, and palo santo associated with the Native Americans, native peoples across the planet burn incense and tree resins and essential oils, for the same reasons.
Even the Three Wise Men came bearing gifts of Myrrh, Frankincense for the Christ child, that were once considered to be priceless commodities. These days those same resins are being researched for their known healing qualities.
By incorporating the healing properties of sacred smudging into your life, you can share in this powerful way to expand your spiritual journey.
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