What are Herbal Clearing Products &
What does Smudging mean?
Herbal Clearing Products are natural herbal products that help cleanse your environment and even yourself of negative energy and replaces this energy with positive energy through herbal components like french lavender, varieties of dried flowers and ancient herbs like white sage and palo santo in unison with speaking positive and purposeful intentions and prayers.
Our ancestors have used smudging over centuries in spiritual ceremonies.
In high enough concentrations, burning sage can eliminate negative ions and can clear the air of mold spores, pollen, pet dander, odors, cigarette smoke, bacteria, viruses, dust and other hazardous airborne particles.
What does Smudging actually mean?
Smudging is the name given to the ceremonial act of cleansing and purification which uses a selection of herbs, often varieties of sage, which are bundled together with string to form a smudge stick before being ignited.
Smudging in your sacred space, your home, office or even your body with herbal clearing items is like taking an energetic shower, or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing to put you
back into a state of balance, peace and harmony.
Our homes, objects and bodies do not consist of purely physical matter; they also vibrate with subtle, invisible energy. Cleansing a space or our bodies with techniques such as smudging clears away all the emotional and psychic “garbage” that may have gathered, perhaps over hundreds of years. It’s like spiritual spring-cleaning.
The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air, and can have a
direct effect on reducing our stress response.
Sage Smudge Sticks
Burning sage purifies and cleanses your environment. Burn sage in your living space on a weekly basis if possible.
You’ll begin to notice a lightness of energy and calmness in your home from this practice. Incorporating sage smudge sticks into your cleaning routine is a great way to cleanse the old energy from the previous week, and welcome in the newly beginning week and all the possibilities it holds!
Sage is an effective natural disinfectant, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic just to name a few. In many ancient cultures, sage sticks were used ceremonially to cleanse the air, increase oxygen levels, rid the home of negative energy, balance emotions and promote strong health.
Just before you begin, open windows for ventilation and then place the herb bundle onto your heat-, fire-proof surface.
Light it with the matches or a lighter, and then gently blow out the flame, allowing the material to smolder. Focus your energy on the smoke. If a true flame appears, shake the bundle slightly, or blow on it until it turns to embers and smoke. You may need to re-light the bundle a few times during the smudging process.
Once you have a good amount of smoke going, use your hand or a feather to direct it over your body, moving from your feet all the way up to your head and back again, staying connected to your breathing throughout the session. You may also want to visualize the smoke removing negative energy from your life and home. If you feel comfortable with it, you can also repeat the following incantation: “Air, fire, water, earth. Cleanse, dismiss, dispel.”
Smudging Spray can be used in place of burning sage smudge sticks. Its great for travel, quick smudgings, gifts and clearing energy in smoke free environments.
Palo Santo is a spiritual tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”.
It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon.
Quartz Crystal Points
These natural stones are used to bring clarity and positive energy into your environment. Often classified as a universal healer, it links to all the chakras to provide balance and harmony. Its ability to be programmed for manifestation is unlike any other crystal.
Quartz crystal is said to help manifest your intentions.
The most important health benefits of lavender includes its ability to relieve stress, improve mood, and promote restful sleep. It restores balance and creates a peaceful atmosphere.
Lavender also attracts loving energy and spirits.
It is traditional to use a bird's feather to brush the smoke over the person or object being blessed. It is important to use the underside of the feather to wash the smoke over the object of blessing. It is the underside of the bird and its wings that face the Mother Earth as it flies and it is this surface of the feather that offers the blessing medicine of the bird.
If your a person that thinks smudging is not necessary or just some kind of “hoop-lah”
with no science to back it up, think again!
Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology entitled Medicinal Smokes in 2006
found that burning smudge sticks has the ability to cleanse the surrounding air
of harmful bacteria.
The authors reported: “The most frequent medical indications for medicinal smoke are pulmonary (23.5%), neurological (21.8%) and dermatological (8.1%).
A very large list of pathogenic bacteria was shown to be absent in an open room after a remarkable 30 days following treatment, leading the authors to conclude, “We have demonstrated that by using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”
Always use caution. Keep out of children’s reach.
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