Smudging Ceremony:
Easily & Naturally Removing Stress

The smudging ceremony is most often associated with Native American cultures. The ceremony includes burning sage. There is power in this ceremony not only for spiritual purposes, but also for health and well-being purposes.

The underlying belief is that before healing can truly begin, you must clear out negative emotions and negative thoughts. That is the underlying principle of alternative health.

If you use the smudging ceremony for yourself, it cleanses you as a whole person. What does that mean? Basically, burning sage cleanses the etheric body, emotional body, mental body, spiritual body, and auric field of your human energy field.

How to Smudge with Sage

Before I talk about how smudging with sage and the ceremony can benefit your health, I am going to talk about how to safely burn sage.

When sage burns, it burns very hot. Put the sage in a clay, ceramic, or stone bowl. Do not use the abalone shell. In some Native American cultures, the abalone shell is only used for ceremonies using water. Also do NOT use glass to burn sage!

Light the sage. Let the sage burn for a little bit until what you have is burning embers or lightly burning sage. The smoke coming from the sage is the important part.

When the sage starts smoking, you can begin to use it to cleanse your human energy field and relax yourself. More details on how to use it follow in the next sections.

Burning Sage for Health Purposes

You can use burning sage to help relieve sinus congestion, the pain from sinus congestion, and to relieve migraine headaches.

What you do is you breathe in the smoke through your nose. If breathing in the smoke bothers you, please do NOT do it!!

Cleansing the Human Energy Field

You can smudge with sage if you feel depleted, depressed, have been around a negative situation, or have had a negative interaction with someone. Smudging yourself will help relax you.

You can also smudge yourself right before bed as a way to clear out any negative emotions and relieve the stress from the day. Your sleep may be much more peaceful and restful.

After you are done smudging, your etheric body, emotional body, mental body, spiritual body, and auric field will be cleansed.

Okay, well how do you smudge yourself?

Hold the bowl that contains the burning sage. Then, use your hand to push the smoke towards your body. Do this from head to toe and front to back. The back area can be kind of hard to reach, so do as much as you can.

You don’t have to have a lot of smoke blowing your way. A little bit is just fine.

Smudging Ceremony to Cleanse Your Home

You can use the smoke from burning sage to cleanse your home. This can help dissipate those lingering energies after a bad fight with someone in your family or your life.

How you do this is up to you. I have seen many different people talk about the different ways you can do this.

You would probably want to bring your bowl and push the smoke in areas of a room that you use most frequently. Don’t forget the corners of each room and the closets.

Types of Herbs Used

There are a few types of herbs used in a smudging ceremony: sage, cedar, and sweetgrass.

You can put all of these herbs in a bowl or you can use sage by itself.


There are many types of sage. The ones typically used for smudging or smudging ceremony are white sage and garden sage. Other types of sage that you can use are sagebrush and mugwort.

What is interesting to note is that the botanical name for sage is Salvia. Salvia is derived from the Latin word Salvare. Salvare means to heal.

In more spiritually oriented ceremonies, sage is used to get rid of negative spirits, negative influences, negative emotions, and as a way to keep out the negative spirits.


There are a few types of cedar that can be used in a smudging ceremony. You can use Western Red Cedar or California Cedar Incense.

In some spiritual traditions, cedar is believed to carry prayers to the heavens and drive out bad influences.


Sweetgrass comes under a few different names. Sweetgrass is also known as Seneca grass, holy grass, and vanilla grass.

Sweetgrass can be burned with sage and cedar or after burning sage or cedar.

In some spiritual traditions, sweetgrass is believed to bring in good spirits and influences. The smoke from the sweetgrass also carries prayers into the heavens.

DISCLAIMER: This website was created to share the benefits of alternative health, and is for educational purposes. What is written is not a substitute for medical care. It is not designed to treat, cure, or diagnose any medical condition. Please consult with your doctor if you have a medical condition.

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