Nag Champa is our choice at home, as it is a sacred incense (it’s a blend which consists partly of Sandalwood). Nag Champa can be burned for many of …
Nag Champa is our choice at home, as it is a sacred incense (it’s a blend which consists partly of Sandalwood). Nag Champa can be burned for many of the same reasons as Sandalwood. It can be used to sanctify or purify an area. It’s also a good general-purpose incense for spiritual matters.
What is Smudging?
Smudging your space, your home or office, or even your body with sage is like taking an energetic shower, or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing. Smudging is the practice of burning herbs, or Palo Santo sticks and allowing the smoke to cleanse the air. However there are In addition to the ceremonial purpose of this, there is a scientific side as well.
There have been several studies, showing that smudging ‘caused a reduction of bacteria and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make an environment cleaner, and can be maintained up to 24h in a closed room.
Smudging is the spiritual equivalent of washing your hands before you eat, and is used as a preliminary to many sacred ceremonies.
8 Benefits of Smudging
Increasing your sense of well-being and improving mental focus.
Clearing negative energy.
Clearing the air.
Why is smudging effective?
Smudging is one powerful antiseptic, a 2007 scientific study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that smudging with “medicinal smoke” for one hour reduces airborne bacteria by more than 94%. It also said that the purification or disinfection could be maintained for up to 24 hours within a closed room.
When burning smudge, sage, and other herbs release negative ions that can purify an environment. Various plants and herbs have been used around the world for this purpose; most commonly used by indigenous cultures in North and South America. It is found that sage and palo santo to be the most potent. Palo santo has been used for centuries for cleansing and healing ceremonies. While California white sage has been used by Native American tribes for rituals and prayers to bring balance and peace to space. Check out more benefits of smudging at Healthline “11 Benefits of Burning Sage, How to Get Started, and More.”
How often should you smudge?
Clearing your home of stagnant energies can be done anytime, but it’s a good practice to do a thorough smudging of your home when the seasons change. You may decide to smudge your living space whenever negativity or foreign energies have compromised it, I myself do after company.