Smudging is a ceremony practised by many of the Indigenous American peoples and those involved with alternative healing practices. The process involves burning sacred herbs and woods, often for spiritual cleansing or blessing.
Used by the Lakota, Cedar is said to purify space by attracting good spirits and removing negative influences. Its aroma is woodsy and fresh. Cedar is often used to cleanse a new home or apartment and is considered an essential herb during the Native American ceremonial season (spring and summer).
How to use your Smudge Stick: Light the end of your sage stick and after it has ignited, extinguish the flame and direct the smoke around the area you wish to cleanse. You may wish to hold a container or shell in your other hand to catch ashes or to serve as a resting place for the smouldering stick if you use a fan or a feather to direct the smoke. You can direct the smoke around yourself, another person, or in your room to clear the energy. To extinguish your sage stick, smother the end and examine closely to make sure the stick is completely out. Your smudge stick may continue to burn if not completely extinguished. A lit sage stick should not be left burning while not attended, and lots care should be used to extinguishing smouldering smudge sticks properly.