One way that spiritual and energy workers purify themselves and clear negative energy from a treatment room or scared space is by smudging. Native Americans and Tibetan Buddhists are well know for this practice. Each has been using the smoke from local herbs, shrubs and trees for hundreds of years.
Native American Smudge Plants
Native Americans typically use dried herbs such as white sage (Salvia apiana), sagebrush (Artemisia californica) and sweet grass (Hierochloe odorata) bunched and tied tightly together into wands or sticks. These are lit, the flame extinguished and the resulting smoldering stick is passed over people and objects and/or throughout the healing space as the smoke purifies and clears negative energies.
Diffuser Oils as an Alternative Method of Smudging
Unfortunately, some people have allergies to smoke so smudging between healing sessions or in spaces that others use can be problematic. Still clearing is an integral part of a healing practice. An alternative to smoke smudging is subtle aromatherapy or diffusing just a few drops of an all natural essential oil blend in the healing space. The scent does not have to be strong to be effective. It’s easily to create a healing ambience that is not overpowering to clients and others.
Essential Oils for Smudging
Some of our favorite essential oils to include in diffuser oils for smudging (i.e., for diffusing and purifying) are white sage, juniper berry (Juniperus communis) and cedarwood (Cedrus altantica). At times we add additional essential oils to the diffuser blend in order to expand the intentions. For example, lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) protects against physical and energetic harm, and fragonia (Agonis fragrans), an Australian plant, is added to release of deep seated blockages.
Additional Essentials for Special Intentions
Subtle aromatherapy and essential oils can be used in other smudging ceremonies as well. Smudging ceremonies that take place on the new moon tend to be about new beginnings, and those on the full moon stress the release of old patterns and letting go. Specific essential oils provide support to the process of letting go. Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globalus) and frankincense (Boswellia cateri) all assist with one form of release or another: ties to the past, fears, dysfunctional attachments, etc.