Smudging is one of my favourite techniques for cleansing crystals. The word itself does not sound all that encouraging when you envision yourself working with natures gems, but don’t be deterred by the name, its a beautiful calming ceremony.
What is smudging?
‘Smudging’ is a powerful cleansing technique that comes from Native American tradition. It is when herbs are burned for spiritual, psychic and healing purification. It is used in ceremonies to cleanse people, places and objects from negative energies.
What do I smudge with?
There are a variety of herbs that can be used to smudge your crystals, home or yourself. The most common are White Sage and Sweet Grass I also use Yerba Santa. The herbs are tied into a bundle and allowed to dry, this is then called a ‘smudge stick’. These are sacred herbs and are used in sacred rituals and therefore are treated with great respect.
What do I need to smudge?
- Smudge Stick.
- Candle and match.
- Large shell, preferably an Abalone Shell.
How do I Smudge my Crystals?
Light your smudge stick from the candle (please be careful not to burn yourself or your property) and gently fan your feather over the smouldering end of your smudge stick. Your intention and belief should be carefully considered to help clear the energy of the crystals to be smudged. Gently pass your crystals through the smoke or alternatively brush the smoke with the feather over the crystals a number of times.
How do I smudge myself?
As above light your smudge stick from your candle, again with great care. Fan with the feather until it begins to smoulder, place the smudge stick in the shell on the ground.
Step through the smoke leading with your right foot, then pick up the shell and using your feather gently waft the smoke toward your body while moving it upwards from the ground.
Keep your thoughts positive, try to picture the sacred smoke cleansing your body and aura of all negative energies.
Always consider your intentions before you smudge and hold it clearly in your mind. Smudging should always be done with reverence and in a complete attitude of love.
Smudging is a truly beautiful and sacred ceremony.