How to cleanse myself with smudging?

Smudging using herbs, wood sticks, or resins is one of the best ways to cleanse your aura. That is why we recommend you smudge yourself periodically. You can also smudge yourself every day to keep yourself in balance. To make the most out of smudging is to set a clear intention before starting the process. There are various ways to smudge yourself; it depends on you which one you choose. Although smudging yourself is simple, there are several steps that you need to take for a safe and efficient smudging. Smudging is a sacred practice in many cultures. Perform it with responsibility, respect, and gratitude.

How to perform a safe and effective smudging ritual

Although smudging yourself is simple, there are several steps that you need to take for a safe and efficient smudging. Take a moment to manifest your intention of what you want to cleanse or release. Think of an affirmation that includes your intention and repeat it while you smudge yourself. Invoke the feelings behind your affirmation to make the smudging more efficient.

  1. Prepare your smudging kit and leave a window open during the smudging
  2. Light the end of the smudging bundle or stick and let it burn for about 20 seconds
  3. Blow out the flame; the tips of the bundle or the stick will smolder slowly, releasing smoke.
  4. Guide the smoke with your hand, a fan, or a feather while holding the bundle in the other hand.
  5. Collect the ash in a bowl or a shell
  6. Extinguish the smudging bundle or stick, dubbing the burning tip into a fireproof bowl

When and how is recommended to smudge yourself?

You can use smudging to cleanse yourself every day if you like. There are different ways to smudge yourself. The difference is how to direct the smoke; some energy healers recommend starting the smudging from the top of your head and moving the smudging stick or bundle downwards to your feet. You can also spiral the smoke around your body, switching the smudging bundle from one hand to the other. Start from the top and move downwards, from left to right.

Because it's a quick and efficient way to purify your aura from unwanted energies, smudging is highly recommended:

  • When you've been in the company of emotionally unbalanced people
  • Before you practice yoga or meditation to create a calm state of being
  • When you've had a bad day
  • Whenever you feel overwhelmed by negative emotions
  • When you feel exhausted and energetically down
  • When you have health problems