Smudge (literally: smoldering fire), in sticks or in a bundle, is a completely natural ceremonial incense that is used by indigenous people in America, for example in sweat houses.
Doctors, therapists and bodyworkers are starting to discover the beneficent effects of the herb. Bundles of smudge are used around the world in order to get back in touch with the power of mother nature. Using smoldering plants and resin possibly originated in the primeval times, in campfires in caves. The ceremony of cleansing people, places and attributes with smoke is still performed today. Furthermore, the smoke of particular plants (smudge) proved not only to be handy in expelling annoying flying insects, it also preserved foods and hides. Lastly, particular sorts of smoke were used as protection against invisible ghosts and thoughts.
In order to apply those protecting and healing effects, leaves and resins were burned to create smoke. With large feathers, this smoke was then used to stroke the person or object with. Furthermore, the smoke of particular plants was used in healing practices, while other plants were used for their more general powers.
The smudge smoke is created by placing dried plants or herbs on smoldering coals, or by burning dried herbs in a pottery bowl or a large shell. White Sage is burned during ceremonies to expel the evil spirits, negative thoughts or influences. The leaves are famous for their extraordinary smell, and they are used as natural repeler against moths (in clothing) or mosquitoes (in a room).
© 2021 Spiru