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Lots of different style insence and burners to use in the home
For centuries many cultures have used smuding as a way to create a cleansing smoke bath that is used to purify the body, aura, energy, personal articles or space. It is performed to remove negative energy and restore balance as well as for centering and healing. Our bodies and enviroments are not only physical but vibrate with invisible, silent energy.
The dried herbs are burned and the smoke is directed in the area of where the negative energies lie, this can be done by waving the herbs or alternatively can be fanned with a feather or feathers.
Sage - purifies and drives out negative energies
Sweet grass - attracts positive energy
Cedar - wards off sickness
Lavender - brings a spiritual blessing
Tobacco - chases away bad or negative feelings and brinds on good and positive thoughts
Dried plants that are tied into bundles are called smudge sticks, which are lit and burned on one end. Loose plants can be burned in the shell or bowl or placed directly onto burning wood or crumbled over a piece of charcoal.
Remember that smudging is for cleansing your body and environment, not to fill the room or your lungs with smoke! Avoid smudging where there are allergic people, infants or pregnant women.
Don't leave bowls, smudge sticks, candles, charcoal or other items used for smudging unattended. Usually the plants in the container or the smudge sticks will burn out on their own. If you need to distinguish them, tap the end of the smudge sticks or sweet grass braids on the container until burned out, or keep a little sand or soil in the bowl or shell to snuff them out with and to keep the bottom of the container from getting too hot.