For thousands of years smudging, the process of burning the herb sage, has been used as a powerful cleansing ritual to banish bad spirits and heal the body. But it's important this sacred act is done safely. Our guide on 'how to light a smudge stick for cleansing' will simplify the process, and help you to burn your smudge stick in the most effective way possible.
What are Smudge Sticks?
Why is Sage Used for Smudging?
How to Light a Smudge Stick
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Prepare the room.
Open the windows, remove flammable objects, and ensure children and pets safely away from the space in which you will be burning the smudge stick.
Set your intentions
It is important to go into any incense-burning ritual with a clear, decisive intention in your mind. I find it helps to say this intention aloud before I begin. For example, "Today, I will cleanse my home of negative energy, and replace
Light your smudge stick
Lighting a smudge stick is more tricky than lighting a standard incense stick. Make sure the entire end of the stick is alight so it can burn as evenly as possible.
Fan the smoke
Gently waft the smoke around the room, focussing on corners. You can repeat mantras whilst you do this to reinforce your intention. Hold a bowl beneath the burning smudge stick to catch falling ashes.
Put out your smudge stick
Crush the smudge stick against the side or bottom of your heatproof bowl. Avoid dipping in water because this will mean you cannot use your smudge stick again.
Repeating mantras is a great way to reinforce your cleansing ritual. Below we have listed 3 of our favorite smudging mantras.
1. I release energy that does not serve me.
2. My home is a reflection of my kind and welcoming soul.
3. I draw in powerful, positive energy.
There are many different types of sage that can be used for smudging, but the most popular ones are white sage and blue sage. White sage is often used for cleansing and purification rituals, while blue sage is used for healing and protection. You can choose the type of sage that best suits your needs based on your intention.