Shaman Discusses How To Smudge

How to Smudge

Sage is the most potent herb for smudging but you can also use cedar and sweet grass.

Sage comes in different forms; Leaves that are loose or the sage can be tied into bundles.   You will need a small, flat, heat-proof container and a med to large feather from a poultry bird, such as a turkey.

Light the sage and let it flame for a minute or so. Extinguish the flame so the sage is smoldering and smoking.

Take the smudge container and using circular clockwise movements, encircle yourself with the smoke. Use the feather to fan the smoke all around the room going around windows and doorways. If possible, open some windows and doors to allow the smoke to leave.

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You can do this for the whole room and even the whole house. Start at the most northerly room and working again, clockwise, through your home, let the smoke from the sage permeate throughout the room. Try and finish off the smudging process by ending up at an open door. You should have come full circle around your home. Enjoy your new found source of clearing yourself and your environment!

A note of interest: It MAY set off yours smoke detectors, so be prepared to disconnect it during your smudging and be SURE to re-engage it upon completion of your smudging.

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