Smudging is the spiritual technique in which the energy of the home, the office and even one’s own energy is cleaned and here we explain everything about it.
A purification tool
Smudging is the act of generating aromatic smoke, usually from incense, to perfume the environment and to use it as a purification tool.
The main characteristic of incense is that it gives off a pleasant aroma, to which relaxing qualities are attributed and many people decide to use incense in order to change the vibration of their home. It is believed that, due to their aroma and composition, incense sticks have the ability to ward off negative energies that are perceived to be in the environment.
These aromatic tools were used during religious rituals in ancient Egypt, Babylon and Greece in order to repel evil spirits or any form of negative energy that was in the environment.
Creating a custom incense
Incense sticks are very simple to make, you can also create some depending on the use that it will be put to and who will use it. It can be personalised with herbs and specific scents with few materials and ingredients.
What do you need?
- Hemp yarn.
- Dried plants and herbs such as rosemary, sage, lavender or basil (remember that it is to your liking and what you need).
- Cinnamon or vanilla.
- Lignum vitae.
Build your tool in the best way
Once you have decided the materials that the incense will take, you have to gather all the dry herbs to make a branch and immediately, you have to tie them with the thread. And voila, the incense is ready to use.
The next step is to light it carefully and pass it through the chosen areas to clean and finally, it is good to leave it on a plate so that it burns safely. The incense purification process can be accompanied with quartz, candles or any other energetic element. A ritual to attract good energies.
The creation of the incense is simple, but what is “complicated” is the cleansing and purification ritual that is carried out with it.
Incense can be used for a simple cleaning of the home and a simple air freshener, the reality is that it is much more powerful than that so it can be used to attract good energies or as a tool in meditation.
There are several tips that can help you create the perfect ritual to use your incense, these are some of the most important:
Clarify the intention of the ritual
The most important thing in the practice of smudging is the spiritual or mental process, so having a clear intention is even more important than the act of lighting the elements. The intention varies depending on the needs, such as getting rid of a bad energy, protecting a space or attracting positivity and abundance.
Choose the perfect elements
By having the intention established it will be much easier to decide the elements of the incense. Create your own incense and customise the plants and herbs depending on the initial intention.
Know your materials
Incense sticks are safe, but it is important to know each plant and resin that is part of the small bouquet, since it is likely that each one has a different process when it comes to burning.
Perform the appropriate movements
If you created an incense that you can carry through the house, try to make circular movements to the right. Also, if you want to clean your own space, start with your own energy starting from the feet to the head and returning to the heart, always in gentle circles.
Close the ritual in the best way When you finish smoking, breathe deeply and if possible try to take a couple of minutes to settle your thoughts. This will help you close your incense ritual in the best way possible and attract positive energy for yourself and your space.