Smudge Stick
(Image Credit: Alina Vilchenko)

Smudging, burning sage, or cleansing is an ancient ritual practiced by many cultures around the world. There is no perfect time to smudge and cleanse your crystals and your space, you can smudge anytime you want. We generally recommend smudging in a clockwise direction. 

There are many benefits to be reaped from this ritual. Below we have highlighted a few:

1. Cleansing and Purification 

Sage has anti-microbial properties which means it dispels bacteria and viruses to keep your space clean.

2. Dispel negative energy

Smudging can help heal past trauma and dispel negative thoughts and energies around your space. It can make you feel calm and in harmony.

3. Cleanse specific objects 

In addition to cleansing the space around you, you can also smudge to cleanse a particular object. Many crystal healing practitioners smudge their crystals to remove any negative energy it may have picked up.

4. Improve sleep quality 

Burning sage is associated with dispelling negativity. Some research suggests sage also has alleviating effects on insomnia, helping one to sleep better. 

5. Improves your mood and keeps you calm 

Prairie sage has been used in traditional medicine as a treatment for anxiety and depression. Similarly White Sage has been known for its ability to lift a person’s mood and helps keep them calm.

6. Spiritual Tool

Burning sage has long been associated with enhancing intuition. Healers believe that burning sage is used to achieve a healing state. 

All in all, while smudging has multiple benefits, you must ensure caution while practicing this ritual. For example, use a heat proof bowl, some practitioners prefer abalone shells, however tempered glass or stone bowls make great replacements. For your safety, make sure you are in a well ventilated area, open your windows and be wary of your smoke alarm. Enjoy smudging!

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