Smudging is a Native Americans’ ancient and symbolic ceremony and feng-shui practice. The ritual consists of spreading the smoke of burning herbs in a confined space.
Smudging ceremonies and rituals can be carried out in numerous ways and don’t require any particular human skill. With a little knowledge and a smudge stick, everybody can perform smudging. Smudge sticks are bundles of dried herbs on sale in specialized shops or Amazon, eBay, and other online stores.
Some of those herbs are powerful airborne bacterias killers.
Notably, white prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) has powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial features.
A 2014 study (1) published in the Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia demonstrates that white prairie sage has an effective role in anxiety, depression, and mood disorders treatment.
Two years later, a study (2) for the University of Mississippi has proven that white sage (Salvia apiana) is rich in compounds that activate certain receptors in the brain which are responsible for elevating mood levels and reducing stress.
However, as smudging is performed with the purpose of clearing energies, the performer’s brain sets that intent in the form of thought energy.
Brain energy can interact and raise the frequency rate of environmental energies.
Soon, I will post about the Power of Intention.
In sum, if smudging is carried out correctly and with high-quality herbs, it has an undeniable uplifting and positive effect on humans and the air quality. Still, as the smoke released from smudging stickers doesn’t bring any significant change to the structure or vibrational level of space energy, smudging per se cannot be considered a Space Clearing procedure.
1 – Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia | Medicinal plants for the treatment of “nervios”, anxiety, and depression in Mexican Traditional Medicine
2 – University of Mississippi | Terpenes and Flavonoids From Salvia apiana and Their Affinities to Cannabinoid and Opioid Receptor