Smudging brings about a sense of harmony in the area, making it devoid of negativity. It makes you ‘tuned in’ to the vibrations around you. As the basic idea happens to be ‘cleansing’, the ultimate aim is to attract positive vibes. All said and done, smudging is not something that can be casually performed as there is a lot of ingredient role-play involved. Each herb used in smudging has its purpose, the burning of which brings about a specific change in the surroundings. Some common herbs used in smudging are sage, sweet grass, frankincense resin and myrrh resin. Let us understand their individual uses.
It has a sharp, minty aroma that arouses the senses. The use of sage gets you in the right state of mind just before you begin to pray.
When used in smudging, it is supposed to be braided and burnt from the tip to the root.
Sleeplessness apart, a whiff of lavender will rid you of headaches and weariness. Its sweet, aromatic scent alleviates stress and tension, relaxing the mind.
Piñon incense corrects the energy imbalance and imbibes mental strength. This rejuvenating fragrance leads you into a deeper meditative state and harmonizes your soul.
With a fruity, pine-lemony fragrance, frankincense does wonders to comfort a disturbed soul. Its clean, citrus aroma with woody undertones helps the mind to focus, thus aiding the meditative state. It helps ease out depression and makes you perceptive.
The use of myrrh is said to bring about a positive transformation, building strength and confidence.