Updated: Dec 28, 2019
Getting to the Glamour
5 minute read
There are many misconceptions about smudging and burning sage. Let’s get to the bottom of things so that you can be comfortable to sage your own way!
I consider myself to be an everyday girl who owns a business, works in corporate America, plays sports, volunteers while listening to Cardi and admiring Coretta OKURRT. I wear head wraps when I want and 18 inch bundles to protect my natural hair. LOL My sage practices have nothing to do with you. Who I am does not disqualify me from Smudging! … Glad I got that out of the way LOL.
“You’re a witch,” or “You practice Voodoo if your burn sage?” WTF people let it go and stop the madness. I grew up Catholic, and can remember as a child incense being burned during funerals and mass ceremonies. This is what burning sage reminds me of spiritually. I am no longer catholic but this is my first experience of clearing air and ridding negative energy.
“What is Smudging you might ask and why is it a thing?”
Burning Sage “smudging” is the act of clearing energy. Sage is proven to help change the molecular structure of both the air and energy, which produces a cleansing effect. The negative ions are known to clear airborne bacteria, viruses and more while cleansing the air. When smudging your home or body you are in a sense soothing stress, removing negative energy and vibes which can be brought into your home by visitors, new objects or even negative thoughts you may have. Smudging allows you to get rid of unwanted feelings, increases your focus while creating a relaxing effect.
When you smudge it can be done as often as you would like. Once a day, week, month etc. Sage your own way and do it when you feel is best. I tend to burn sage at least once a week mainly on Saturday or Sunday mornings when I am clearing my mind to set my purpose for the week. This allows me to burn sage, listen to relaxing music, meal prep while brewing tea. This could be 10-15 minutes until the sage naturally burns out.
If I am totally out of my element and feel heavy or have had unwanted guests I smudge for a longer period of time. This could be for 30 minutes to an hour. This would be me walking around the house counter clockwise covering every corner, windowsill and opening every door to let out bad energy bringing in fresh air and positivity. I usually turn off all electronics allowing time for myself in prayer and meditation. Each time I sage I follow It with a candle to heighten the fragrance throw. Afterwards I am always relaxed and feel lighter. Do your research and what makes you comfortable.
Don’t let others tell you who can smudge and who can’t. Everyone wants to clear bad vibes and reset energy. This practice can be as deep or shallow as you make it. Your call. I personally have smudged my home, body and visitors. Ask my friends, we still laugh about how I smudged them. No shame here, now they buy it. Handmade Smudge bundles are available on my website www.bellishglambar.com now with fresh roses, lavender and amethyst crystal.