What Is Smudging? How This Practice Can Help Cleanse Your Home And Relieve Stress

LifeStyle & Health

September 14, 2018 19:44 By Mambee

Finding natural ways to solve day-to-day problems is now as simple as punching a few keys on the computer. In today's fast-paced world, de-stressing is very important and luckily, there are a few things that may help with that, and one of them is known as smudging.

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What is smudging?

Generally speaking, this is the process of cleansing and purifying your environment using certain herbs, especially sage. The herbs are bundled together with a string and then ignited. The resulting smoke that filters around the house can help to purify the space and other tools/furniture within.

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Here is a quick video below that details how smudging is done, courtesy of Aura Shift Mind Body.

Benefits of smudging

According to Susan Patterson of Natural Living Ideas, smudging offers a few benefits.

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Uplifts your mood

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It's believed that this practice produces negative ions that can help boost your mood, keeping depression at bay. Patterson referenced a 1998 study that showed that negative ions are effective ways to treat and prevent depression thanks to its effects on serotonin levels.

It can be relaxing

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Patterson also mentioned that smudging can have a calming and relaxing effect on the body. It helps to reduce blood pressure, relieves stress and calms down your body generally. It contains antioxidants that help to fend off free radicals.

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Great for the brain

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The smoke from smudging also helps with mental concentration and may improve an individual's memory. It improves energy and can also help you sleep better. A study published in the Science and Education Publishing journal found that these negative ions (believed to be found in smoke from smudging) can help improve sleep patterns.

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Helps with allergies

It's also possible for smudging to be beneficial in the treatment of allergy symptoms. This practice helps to clear the air of pollen and dust and other allergens. 

Is smudging as beneficial as it's believed to be?


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A 2007 study published in the US National Library of Medicine did show that the smoke from natural products such as sage can actually help rid the environment of bacteria. 

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It serves as a powerful antiseptic that can actually purify the air of 94% of harmful bacteria for up to 24 hours, the study mentioned. In addition, smudging has been shown to be more effective when it's content is made from natural ingredients based on research.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not treat yourself, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article. The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.