If you feel heavy with negative energy or if you have unwanted entities in your home, smudging will expel them. It is very powerful and has been done for thousands of years in many cultures. 

Sage is the major herb used in Smudging but Sweetgrass, cedar, rosemary and mugwort are also very powerful stuff too and can be used together with Sage. Many smudge sticks will have cedar as this is a good protective herb and it also burns well. 

To the Native Americans Sage was one of the gifts from the Great Spirit and it was used as a powerful purifier in many of their rituals. The Romans cleansed themselves and dressed in white before ritualistically harvesting sage with special silver tools. The Greeks used sage as a brain tonic. In English the word Sage means “someone who is wise” below are 9 steps to do a successful Sage Smudging. 

1. Buy a sage smudge stick from a new age or metaphysical store, or make one yourself from dried sage. It can be mixed with sandalwood or lavender to increase the fragrance, but you should burn the entire bundle in one ceremony. Here is a guide to making your own. https://www.facebook.com/127815357367419/photos/a.128666473948974.27910.127815357367419/243376202478000/?type=1&relevant_count=1

2. Open all doors and windows.

3. Light the smudge stick, and when the flame catches, blow it out and allow the embers to start to smoke like incense. Carry it over a large shell (traditional) or bowl to catch any ashes.

4. Before you start, set an intention for your home overall, and then for each room. Say a prayer of cleansing; “I cleanse this home of any impurities, negativity, or energy that does not serve or support this home. I expel unwanted entities, I am grateful for the shelter our roof provides, and for the love these walls hold.”

5. Walk around the house, waving the sage stick so its smoke drifts into corners, along walls, around windows, and along ceiling lines. As you do, imagine the smoke absorbing negativity, problems from those who were in the space before you, toxicity, and anything else you want to go away. See the smoke dissipating and floating out the windows, and imagine that bad energy flowing out of your space, making room for positive, fresh energy. Pause in the kitchen and express gratitude for the meals you prepare there. In the bathroom, for the fresh abundant water you have been blessed with. In the bedroom for the sleep you have and wish for good dreams and peace and so on with each room.

6. After you’ve blessed every room, give yourself a sage cleanse by cupping your hands over the smoke and wave it around your face and body as you would with water. Visualize any residual negativity sailing out of your body, out of your home, and into oblivion.

7. Take a moment to feel the energy of the house now. It should feel very light, spacious, and clear. 

8. Walk out a the front or back door, close it, and smudge around the door and door frame. Leave the bundle (safely) outside to burn itself out, and then bury it in your back yard.

9. Stay outside for a short while. Let the energies of the house reboot themselves and work. After about 5 minutes go back into the house and that is it done.

uchihaaudrey asked:

So smudging is only in the Native american culture? Just so you know other religions practice it, like wicca wich IS a self-eclectic way of belief. Meaning we personalise our own beliefs/practice. Smudging isnt yours, and doesn't belong to anyone.

Except that smudging started in Native cultures, and was taken from them by Wiccans and other neo-pagans. Smoke cleansing is by no means unique to us, but we were smudging long before Wicca existed. And FYI, Wicca was invented in the 1950′s. That doesn’t make it any less valid a belief system, but Wiccans need to just admit how much they have borrowed/stolen from other religions instead of pretending they have some ancient lineage.

I used to move in neo-pagan circles. I met all sorts of people who insisted that smudging was super, super important to them. When I tried to offer them the way I learned growing up, the way I learned from other Natives, I was told I was doing it “wrong.”

Smudging was illegal for Native Americans to do until 3 years before I was born. When I was a child, I learned a “hidden” and changed version of it to get around this. I’m still uncovering and re-discovering my culture and my people. What culture are you uncovering and re-discovering? Mine?

I’ve heard this before. I’ve heard this for more than half of my life. I’ve been told I’m wrong so many times by white pagans that it drove me away from neo-paganism. Do you not realize that’s what you’re doing when you take other people’s traditions and claim them for yourself? Driving us away?

I wanted to share. I wanted to believe that you could be “eclectic” and “honoring” other cultures. I wanted to believe in spirituality and respect, but I got no respect. All I got were platitudes and self-righteous “but you must respect my beliefs!!!”

So, no. Smudging is mine, and other Native people’s. If you want to keep doing it, I can’t stop you. But I know you are probably doing it badly, and you are pissing off my ancestors and a lot of other people’s ancestors, too. Is this a thing you want to do?

I often wonder if people like you truly believe in what you claim to. If you did, you’d stay the hell away from private cultural practices so as not to anger other people’s ancestors and/or deities. Instead, you blithely move through the world as though nothing were more important than your own spiritual path, and that seems counter to everything Wicca is supposed to stand for.

“An it harm none,” right? And yet here I am, saying your smudging does harm, and you ignore what I say. Some Wiccan you are.


Sage has been used throughout history and the world and regarded for its many magical and medicinal properties. The most notable of its uses dates back a few thousand years to Indigenous Americans who used sage smoke to clear and cleanse places and people of negative energies. While smoke, incense, and burned herbs have been used by cultures around the world, “smudging” is specific to Native American cultures and the term should only be used by those who practice Indigenous American Shamanism, magic, and rituals. For the rest of us, “herb cleansing/clearing”, “smoke cleansing/clearing”, and similar phrases are free to use without appropriating other sacred cultures.

Magical properties: most ancient cultures who used sage believed it to be the strongest herb for clearing negative, heavy, and evil energies of all sorts.

Medicinal uses: sage has been used for thousands of years to treat minor pain, aches, and muscle spasms.

Sage spell: when moving into a new home, office space, etc, use a lit bundle of dried sage throughout the area to clear leftover energies from the last people who used the space. This can be done alone, but most magical practitioners suggest burning positive herbs (such as sweetgrass) after burning sage.

Medicinal use: for a sore throat, make a hot cup of sage tea with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, a pinch of sea salt, and natural honey. Gargling the hot tea several times throughout the day is recommended.

WARNING: Please do not use herbs or magic in place of proper medical care.

Thyme is a member of the mint family. It is generally a low growing perennial, winter hardy to zone five. Leaves are generally dark, gray green in color and the labiate flowers are tiny and generally pink. Blooms in early to mid summer. There are many tiny oval shaped leaves on each slender, woody stem.

History and Folklore

The word Thyme comes from the Greek meaning to “fumigate”. This indicates that it was used as a smudging herb. The Greeks thought very highly of Thyme. It was mixed in drinks to enhance intoxicating effects and induce bravery and warriors were massaged with thyme oil to ensure their courage. Women wore thyme in their hair to enhance their attractiveness. The phrase “to smell of thyme” meant that one was stylish, well groomed, poised, and otherwise attractive.

Thyme is a Mediterranean native spread throughout Europe by the Romans. Their soldiers added it to their bathwater to increase bravery, strength and vigor. It enjoyed a long association with bravery. In Medieval England, ladies embroidered sprigs of thyme into their knights’ scarves to increase their bravery. In Scotland, highlanders brewed tea to increase courage and keep away nightmares.

Thyme was used as early as 3000 BCE by Sumerians as an antiseptic. It does indeed have impressive antiseptic qualities.

It was used as an embalming herb in ancient Egypt and was burned in other places as offerings to celebrate Rites of Passing. It was placed in coffins throughout Europe to ensure passage into the next world.


Thyme grows well in zones 4-9. It prefers full sun to part shade and loose, fast draining soil, preferably sandy. The roots should never be allowed to stay wet. Thyme is winter hardy, but a light mulch will protect it when the ground freezes. It does not need fertilizers. Thyme does best if it is pruned in the spring or summer after its first year.

With the exception of Common Thyme, which is light germinated, so seeds should be scattered on the surface, the seeds are small and slow to germinate, and many varieties are sterile cultivars, so it is best to propagate by division or cuttings, or buy a plant at your local nursery.

Thyme and lavender grow well together, perhaps mainly because they enjoy the same conditions. You can also grow thyme amongst cabbages to protect them from cabbage worms, flies, beetles and aphids.

Thyme attracts bees and faeries and makes a good groundcover in sunny areas.

Harvesting & Storage

Leaves can be harvested as needed throughout the year. Give the plant a year to get established before doing any heavy harvesting. The best flavor is right before flowering.

Thyme dries very well. It should be dried as any other herb on the stem and the leaves stripped off later.

Magical Attributes

Thyme is feminine in nature and associated with the element of water and the planet Venus. Thyme is also associated with Freya,Aphrodite and Ares.

Thyme can be used in spells to increase strength and courage.

When working hard to achieve a goal that seems unachievable, thyme can be used to keep a positive attitude.

Smudge your home with thyme to dispel melancholy, hopelessness and other mellow but negative vibrations, especially after a family tragedy or during a long sickness.

Place thyme beneath your pillow for a restful sleep and happy dreams and to prevent nightmares.

Faeries love thyme. Its addition to your garden will attract them and it can be used in spells to communicate with faeries.

Thyme is excellent in ritual baths and smudging for early spring festivals when we seek to leave the old behind and begin anew.

Household Use

The tiny flowers will attract bees to your garden. Honey made from these flowers is highly prized.

Sachets of thyme hung in your closet or folded in with your stored clothes will keep moths out, and smells nicer than mothballs.
Oil of thyme can be used as a household cleaning agent as it is good germ killer and drives away pests. Just put a few drops in a spray bottle with 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar.

A strong infusion of thyme makes a great hair rinse for dark hair and repels head lice. You can add rosemary as well if you have problems with dandruff.

Medical Use

Thyme has been used as a cough remedy and digestive aid as well as a treatment for internal parasites.

The active constituent, Thymol, has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties and a strong scent that helps loosen phlegm and sooths the respiratory system. It is used in many over the counter cold remedies.

It is also used for athlete’s foot and hemorrhoids.

For internal use, steep two teaspoons of fresh herb or one teaspoon of dried herb in one cup of boiling water. Drink no more than twice a day, in the morning and evening, to relieve lung problems and dispel parasites.

A stronger infusion can be used as a mouthwash to treat sore gums, as a foot soak to get rid of athlete’s foot, a body or hair rinse for lice or dip a rag in it and use it as a compress for skin inflammations.

Thyme can also be added to massage oils and bath oils for the treatment of rheumatism and general aches and pains. These oils can also be used for colds and lung complaints.

Use oil of thyme by dropping into an infuser, or into a pan of boiling water and inhaling the fumes up to four times daily to relieve congestion. Never take essential oils internally.

Culinary Use

Thyme has a long association with cooking and is part of French Bouquet Garni and Herbes de Provence. The most common type of thyme used in cooking is Common Thyme or English Thyme, but there are many varieties that can be used, all bring their own personality to the table.

It adds a marvelous rich flavor to meat dishes and stews. Adds flavor to veggies too and is especially good on potatoes. Actually, you can put thyme on just about anything. Try it on grilled cheese sandwiches or in scrambled eggs. It combines well with parsley, sage and rosemary, as the song says.

Thyme is a tough herb, and should be added early in cooking as the flavor is slowly released by heat.

The flowers are edible as well as the leaves, and make a lovely garnish.

The woody stems can be laid over charcoal when barbequing to flavor the smoke.

like, who comes up with this nationalist, culture erasing PROPAGANDA? like, no. im not “American” WHAT.SO.EVER. my people were here before the colonizers. and even the people they brought here, they are not “American”….why would we all adopt a colonizers name as our identifier? why would anyone want to call themselves by the name of a human being who incited death and destruction across the globe? FUCK THAT and fuck you for trying.


Smudging is a Native tradition of using herbs to purify the energy. Tied in bundles, the smudge sticks come in many sizes, as well as selection of herbs. Sage, cedar and sweetgrass are the most popular smudging herbs.

Smudging can sound a bit intimidating to many people. It can also look unsafe or too complicated to be practiced often. Rest assured this is not true. Smudging is not complicated, not hard and totally safe if you follow several very simple steps. 

What is important to accept, though, is that smudging is an ancient and sacred ceremony, so it is best to do it with full awareness and in a slow, mindful manner. 

As even the happiest homes accumulate in time negative vibrations, it is good to smudge your home thoroughly at least several times a year. You can also smudge your office space (not during busy office hours!); as well as use smudging to clear your own energy or the energy of other people. 

I will give you simple instructions on how to do smudging, and then address the most common concerns with smudging a house. You will also find here instructions on how to smudge yourself (or somebody else), as well as various on-line sources for smudging supplies. 

Supplies You Need for Smudging Your House:

  • Smudge stick
  • Candle & matches
  • A fireproof container.

How To Smudge Your House:

1. Place the candle, the fireproof container and the smudge stick on a table, desk or any other appropriate surface. It is best if you create a sense of ceremony when you smudge your house, as well as find time when you will not be disturbed; 10-15 min should be enough.

2. Light the candle and say a prayer or just focus your energy. Light the tip of your smudge stick with a candle light, then gently wave the stick in the air till the tip begins to smoulder. 

3. Hold the smudge stick over the fireproof container at all times in order to avoid any lit herbs falling on the floor. You can use a feather, if you have one, but usually just gently waving your hands to disperse the smoke is enough. Remind yourself to stay connected to your breathing throughout your smudging session. 

4. Go clockwise around your house (usually starting at the front door), and gently wave the smoke into the air. Spend a bit more time smudging the room corners, as they tend to accumulate stagnant energy. Be sure to also open the closet doors and carefully smudge inside. Do not forget about spaces such as the laundry room, the garage or the basement. 

5. When you have smudged all areas of your house, come back to where you started and gently extinguish your smudge stick (dipping it into sand while applying a bit of pressure usually works well). Wait a bit, then pack your smudge stick, as well as the container, till your next smudging session. You can leave the candle, if you so desire, to continue to purify the energy. 

How To Smudge Yourself (or Somebody Else): 

Once your smudge stick is lit and smouldering, direct the smoke waves to the overall energy field around your body, starting with the area above your head and continuing down to your feet. Do not forget to breathe deeply while you do that. 

I have also seen smudging done more meticulously, as well as in the reverse order - starting with the soles of the feet, going up both sides of the legs, torso, arms and finishing by smudging the space above the head. See what works best for you. 

The same steps apply when you are asked to smudge somebody else, be it a friend or a child. It is usually a good idea to smudge yourself before, as well as after you smudge the house. 

Most Commonly Asked Questions About Smudging: 

Q: Do I really need to smudge my house? 
A: Yes, it is always a good idea to smudge your house, as stagnant energy accumulates even in the homes with best feng shui. If smudging does not appeal to you at all, explore alternative ways to clear the energy. 

Q: How often do I have to smudge? 
A: At least several times a year. Some people smudge every week, while others might smudge less. Remember you can choose alternative ways to clear the energy, such as basic space clearing, using incense, etc. However, do give smudging a try, you might love it! 

Q: Can I make my own smudge stick? 
A: Yes, absolutely! The herbs most commonly used in a smudge stick are: sage, cedar, sweetgrass and lavender. I often make my own little bundle with sage and lavender, and it works very well. You might choose to use a colourful string to hold the herbs together. 

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junochop asked:

Just commenting back on what you wrote. Yes I am white, and very proud to be. Smudging is my own form of spirituality. It can be religious for other people, but for me its not. You can use it how you wish, I was just telling people how I do it personally. Native or not, I really dont care because my spirituality is what I make it to be. I do what I feel necessary and connected to. Thanks for your rant though, was interesting to read at least.

Okay, hold up. “You can use it how you wish?” Smudging is not yours. It is ours. Hell yes I can use it how I wish. You cannot. Not without being appropriative.

I am so tired of white people acting like our cultures are theirs to steal for their “spiritual growth.” I had hoped you might recognize the harm you are doing, that maybe you just didn’t realize smudging is a Native thing and you should try something closer to home. I had hoped you might listen to suggestions to use European herbs and practices.

But, no. Instead I get a condescending “it’s all about me” reply. My culture can be used by you because it’s what you feel “connected to.”

My culture that is still, today, being erased. My people are being killed, now, today. My people are told we no longer exist, and people like you perpetuate that idea. That Natives exist only in the past, as a curiosity, to be farmed for “inspiration” and “spirituality.”

You are perpetuating cultural genocide. You want good vibes? Try listening to other people when they tell you what you are doing—especially the part about telling other people how to do it and thus encouraging them—is harming people.

You are not an expert on smudging. You are using a sacred, endangered plant for your own purposes. You are not helping or lifting anyone else up. You are part of the problem.

I really hope you realize some day how entitled and rude you are. You are not spiritually enlightened. You are part of the problem.

smudging is a really good practice for dissolving negatives energies in an area or on a person, but when you’re practicing in secret because of parents/roommates/landlords and whatnot, it can be difficult to burn sage (or any other plant for that matter!!). an experienced friend of mine gave me a discrete alternative, and i found a way to hide this even better for those like me, who cannot freely practice !!
you will need epsom salt, warm water, old perfume bottles, pliers or wirecutters. process and pictures under the cut.

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