Smudging involves bundling together herbs such as sage into a “smudge stick” which is then burned as an act of purification. The smoke’s negative ions may help to purify the air of mold spores, pollen, and other air pollutants by bonding to their positive ions. Modern appliances and furnishings result in an environment rich in positive ions, which is why smudging may be effective for clearing the air. It may also help to raise your mood and produce a feeling of peace.
- For thousands of years, the Native Americans have been engaging in a practice that is called smudging in our modern world.
- Smudging is a ceremonial practice that involves using a selection of herbs, namely sage, to engage in daily rituals of cleansing and purification.
- During the ritual the herb is ignited and it is believed that the smoke that is emitted from the burning cleanses negative energy and purifies.
“In high enough concentrations, negative ions can clear the air of mold spores, pollen, pet dander, odors, cigarette smoke, bacteria, viruses, dust and other hazardous airborne particles.”
“Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology entitled Medicinal Smokes in 2006 found that burning smudge sticks has the ability to cleanse the surrounding air of harmful bacteria.”