What is Smudging?
In a traditional Native American smudging ceremony, the clippings of dried herbs like sweetgrass, sage, pinon and cedarwood are burned. Participants gather the smoke and bring it toward the body. The smoke is said to purify, offer spiritual healing, ward off negativity and attract positive energy. Sometimes, one person will smudge another using their hands or a feather.
I learned all about smudging from my husband, James “”StandingBear” Fulcher. James and I frequently smudge each other when we’ve had cross words, been ill or just want to cleanse ourselves and our home of negative energy. He and I were married in a Lakota Ceremony in Oklahoma in 2001, and the night before our wedding we were smudged by “Red Shirt” a Lakota Shaman and dear friend to bring in positive energy to our union.
Why Sweetgrass and Sage Hydrosols?
Sweetgrass and Sage happen to be my personal favorites when it comes to using hydrosol for energetic cleansing. They are made from the plants that are traditionally used in smudging.
Here is what Marge Clark of Nature’s Gift has to say about their White Sage hydrosol: “This is the white sage that has been used for millennium by Native Americans for ritual, smudging and healing. Those sensitive to the energetics of the oils and hydrosols will be amazed by this White Sage water…and find a hundred uses for it. We already are using it to clear crystals, Debi is going to use it instead of smudging when she’s in a place that burning sage is not advisable.”
Therapeutic and Energetic Uses of Sweetgrass and Sage Hydrosols:
- Uplifting and extremely energetically protective
- Powerful for space clearing and smudging
- Excellent for removing old energeric debris and energies on all levels
- Use as an invocation spray to “set and call in new energies”
- Beautiful deodorizer for rooms and cars alone or blended with essential oils
- May be helpful for sore throats
- Can be used on scrapes and cuts
- May be helpful to stop bleeding due to the coumarins
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