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Good Vibes: Smudging

It’s officially spring, which means it’s time to dust off those bookshelves, donate the clothes we haven’t worn for a while, and get rid of some of the stuff that has been weighing us down – literally and figuratively. Spring cleaning isn’t just a physical act, it’s also a ritual that can take many forms, depending on what part of the world you are in, your culture, or your vibe. One thing all spring cleaning traditions have in common is clearing and shifting stagnant energy. We love incorporating smudging into our spring cleaning here at Jungalow.

Smudging is the act of burning sacred plants, like sage, cedar, sweet grass, or palo santo, and allowing the smoke to clear the space of any energy that doesn’t feel good. Bad vibes – be gone!

You can create your own blend of herbs, plants, or flowers that you use to smudge your space – just consult your favorite herbalist (or the internet) to make sure what you have chosen is safe to burn. Then bundle everything up and wrap it with some twine. Open up those windows so there is plenty of ventilation before you start burning. Have a metal dish handy so you can place the bundle on it after you’ve lit it. As you light your smudge stick, focus on the smoke rising out of it and imagine it carrying away any unwanted energy, leaving room for good vibes only!

If you’re trying to get your smudge on, we have this cute palo santo kit in our shop. What herbs do you like to use when you smudge your home? And how do you feel after you’ve cleared the energy in your space?

Sara Rose

Creative Counsel at Jungalow and lover of all things wild!

7 responses to “Good Vibes: Smudging”

  1. elaine smith says:

    Hi, i’ve just read your bit about spring cleaning and smudging. I have just started smudging for the first time and i noticed on the last picture what looks like a small tin with smudging sticks in. I’ve looked on your on-line shop but you don’t have any. Do you sell this product? I would love to buy it.

  2. Saee Kardile says:

    I loved reading this article! I hadn’t heard of smudging before and I’m going to do this at my apartment real pronto! I’m from India and we have this tradition where mustard seeds, salt, and red chillies are lit up and moved around the person who is unwell. It’s a belief that the smoke purges the individual of negativities and helps him regain his health. Thank you so much for sharing this article!

    • Sara Rose says:

      Thanks Saee! Smudging and the tradition you mentioned sound closely related. Both seems to clear out negative energy through smoke and welcome in the good vibes!

  3. mari says:

    is there a chant you say along w/ it? i’ve heard people say something but can’t quite make it out.

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