Smudging is an Indigenous American tradition that goes back thousand of years. When you perform a smudging ceremony or ritual you are connecting into an ancient, powerful line of spiritual tradition.
 
Smudging cleanses all the emotional and spiritual negativity that accumulates in your body and your space over time. The exciting part is that smudging has immediate results! You will wash away stress, and feel instant peace, and even more so, smudging can transform your space into a sacred, beautiful temple in which you can rejuvenate yourself and feel happy. 
 
Smudge bundles are made of different plants to generate smoke that seems to produce beneficial effects. Smoke also is deeply symbolic, as they say it ascends to heaven, as if bringing the prayers and intentions to the Gods with it. Here are some of my favourites blessing herbs to use:

Sage; to “wash-off” any unwanted energies and create healing.  
Cedar; is a medicine of protection as Cedar trees are very old, wise and powerful spirits. 
Sweetgrass, also called; “holy grass” and “vanilla grass” bringing the blessing of Mother Earth’s love and it reminds us of the pure, Yin energy. 
Lavender; creates tranquility and a “Zen feeling” with its beautiful aroma. 
Rosemary; a woody fragrance, that helps clear negativity, inspires confidence, and invigorates the mind and body.
Rose: Possess highest frequency for LOVE.

The science of smudging: How sage actually cleans bacteria in the air!
 
The Scientific paper entitled “Medicinal Smokes” and published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology showed a research study that looked into herbal and non-herbal remedies that were administered by the burning of various matter. The research included information from 50 countries, over 5 continents and found that, predominantly, smoke administered medicinally is mostly used to aid lung, brain and skin function. In addition, it was revealed that passive fumes doubled as a sort of air purifier.  
 
The research concluded that in addition to health benefits, smudging was a powerful antiseptic.  “We have observed that 1 hour of treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood, and a mixture of medicinal herbs caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24 hour in the closed room”.
 
In conclusion, the ancient practice of burning powerful herbs may be much much more than just a primitive belief that we can simply disregard due to it being unscientific.   
 
 
Our “Home Blessing Smudges” are made with organic sage, lavender, rosemary, roses, carnation flowers, and love. After we make them, we rest them on big crystals for several days to charge them with powerful energy, which eventually will be spread into your home. We also custom make “Home Blessing Smudges with Crystals” to enhance further healing.
For instructions on how to smudge your home, and purchase a Smudge visit our website at www.naturallygiven.com and click on “Shop”, “Sacred home”, “Smudges”. Our Home Blessing Smudges are CA$12 and CA$16 with Crystals. 

You can also find our products at: Pure Pharmacy South Surrey, Pure Pharmacy Robson Street, Seventh Heaven Hair Salon in Crescent Beach, Thrive Health Store in Mission. Stay tuned for more locations coming up!
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