smudging noun /ˈsmʌdʒɪŋ/
1. a traditional Native American method of using smoke from burning herbs to purify a space
If you have read the Object History on Amulets, you’ll know that I like objects that are imbued with a sense of protection and keeping one out of harm’s way. Smudging is another way of shooing away bad energy and cleansing your environment, be it home or workplace.
The smoke of burning plants is a common theme in many cultures’ spirituality such as scented incense from Asia or frankincense in the Middle East. Smudging is a practice predominantly found in Native American culture, performed as a ceremony to cleanse and restore balance with the smoke of gently smouldering plants like sage for healing or lavender for calming.
I think there is something quite lovely in the process of actively walking around a space with the intent to bring about a calming and good energy. I use a white sage smudge stick organically grown in Australia and softly wave it the corners and parts of the home that could do with a bit of a revitalise. To extinguish, I just pop the smudge stick into its Japanese metal box, which nestles nicely amongst the other lovely treasures I keep stored on my shelf space.