Smudging can refer to the process of burning certain herbal material, called tobacco, in a candle or other form. Typically, it is done for aesthetic or practical purposes, but it can also be done purely for religious or spiritual purposes. In the United States, smudging has generally been considered a pagan practice dating back several centuries, and it has been illegal for several decades. Currently, however, it is widely accepted as part of many religions, especially the Pagan religion. But even though it is widely accepted, many people are still suspicious about its practice and are wondering if it is done right.
Smudging involves an ancient method of cleansing called “smudging.” Basically, smudging involves a process of gently rubbing or sprinkling herb, flower, spice, or wood ash into a person’s nostrils to clear negative energy from the air. Many people use this method to alleviate colds and flu symptoms, relieve headaches, detoxify the body, and remove unpleasant odors.
In Eastern culture, smudging is often done with ingredients such as sweet grass, milkweed, peppermint, jasmine, or Rosemary. For example, smudges may be made by using sweet grass, which is ground up into a paste and then mixed with olive oil and lavender oil, while sweet grass is steeped for an hour or so into hot water. After that, it is rubbed onto the face and temples.
In smudging, negative ions produced by heat are said to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation and immunity. In addition to that, herbs are said to increase the output of endorphins, which are natural painkillers. Smudges are believed to cleanse the air of dust, bacteria, smoke, chlorine, mold spores, fungi, viruses, and more. Because negative ions produce an antibacterial effect, smudging is often used as a way to counteract the effects of an illness, such as the flu or a cold.
In Western culture, smudging is often seen as an alternative medicine procedure that involves placing herbs either all over the body or wrapped in a towel, then laid on top of the skin. A smudge kit, containing adhesive sticks, fragrance, and a brush, is most often used. After using the kit, a person may want to leave the herbs on his or her body for a minimum of five minutes before washing it off. In addition, smudging kits may be used to cleanse the house from dust, soil, and mold spores.
When it comes to cleansing and positive energy, smudging is very similar to clearing the chakras. In fact, the two practices may be used interchangeably by some practitioners. Smudges are simply the application of color to a particular area of the body where one wants to increase or clear energies. For instance, the eyes can be cleared of accumulated dander and dirt and clogged pores by dabbing some Rosemary smudge on the area. Cedar and Rosemary oils have long been considered poultices for the eye, and cedar is well-known for its soothing effect.