Smudging is a way to energetically cleanse a space and invite positive energy. When smudging a space (or yourself), you burn plant material. The smoke fills and purifies the environment.
You can use many different plans for smudging. Some of the most common are white sage, mugwort (also known as black sage), cedar, sweet grass (often braided) and palo santo (holy wood).
White sage is the most popular because it is associated with purity and has a pleasant smell. You can find it many places with various types of flowers wrapped around it as well.
If you’re not a fan of smoke, but still want to cleanse your space, there are even special blends of smudge spray.
Where to begin
Step one is to gather your smudge herbs and a fire-safe dish or bowl for ashes. (We use and recommend Abalone shells for their correspondence and versatility. Native Americans also used those to add the water element to the ceremony.) Take your time with this process. In many cultures, it is sacred ceremony and should be treated as such.
If you have a candle nearby, it’s helpful to set the mood, but also to relight the smudge stick. Some people also like to use a feather to spread the smoke.
Allow yourself enough time for the ritual so you don’t feel rushed. If possible, meditate for at least five minutes before lighting the smudge.
Remember that intention is key in smudge ceremony. Take some time to think about what you want for your home and family, or whichever space you are clearing.
When you clear a space with smudge, you are creating a vacuum – an open space for something new. You want to be clear that you are welcoming positive intentions.
If the weather cooperates, open your doors and windows first.
Start at your front door and light your smudge stick. Begin to move around the home clockwise. Go around the entire perimeter of the home and into each room, always in a clockwise direction. Use the feather to spread the smoke as you move slowly and meditatively.
Allow the smoke to drift into even out of the way spaces, like closets, basements and corners. If there are stairs, just go up or down when you encounter them. Keep moving clockwise until you meet the stairs again. Then continue to go down or up the stairs and resume the main floor.
This is called circumambulation – a practice centuries’ old to make a space more sacred.
How to Wrap It Up
When you arrive back at the front door, visualize your entire home filled with bright, white light. Then speak your intention one last time.
Smudging is amazing to clear a space energetically. They can be done annually or monthly, or more often. It’s especially powerful to perform a space clearing when you first move into a home.
Do you smudge? What’s your favorite herb? Or do you prefer the sprays?
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The next Full Moon will be Oct. 1 – and oh, HELL YES, I am pumped.
This will be the first of two full moons for October. The second arrives on Halloween, Oct. 31, which also makes it a Blue Moon.
This is an energetic time in the lunar calendar, to put it mildly.
Both autumn and full moons represent a beautiful opportunity to go deep within ourselves and do some housekeeping. Maybe some mindset work you’ve been putting off… A nagging thing (block, limiting belief, behavior pattern) you know is not serving you?
Full moons are all about cleaning and clearing energies, beliefs, behaviors, relationships, jobs and more. Anything in the way of our expansion needs to go. And under a full moon is a great time to let go. It is also a super powerful time to allow in your deepest manifestations.
Essential oils can have a powerful healing effect, too, which is even more amplified in energetic times like a full moon.
Using them in your full moon ritual, your daily meditation or even your everyday home is a game-changer.
Essential oils for a full a moon
NOTE: Below is meant to be guidance ONLY, especially if you’re new to oils or dabbling with them. If there are oils you enjoy that are not on this list, USE THEM.
LEMONGRASS – THE OIL OF CLEANSING
Lemongrass is known for its powerful energetic cleansing ability. It encourages us to let go of things we no longer need, perfect for the energy of the full moon. It invites us to easily let go of old, limiting beliefs, toxic energies and general negativity that can hold us back.
Lemongrass is an uplifting citrus oil, which makes it ideal for helping us tune into what energies no longer match our high vibes. It helps clear away negative energy from our third eye chakra too. As you let go of stagnant energy, you can begin to see situations with greater clarity and energy starts to flow more freely.
How to Use Lemongrass:
- Add a few drops to your diffuser or a drop to the palm of your hands, rub together and inhale.
Add a diluted drop (with a carrier oil like extra virgin olive oil) to your third eye or the bottoms of your feet. If there is a part of your body where you feel energy is stuck, add a drop there as well.
- Lemongrass can also clear energy around your house. Add a few drops to water and spritz any room to clear the air.
FRANKINCENSE – THE OIL OF TRUTH
Considered food for the gods, Frankincense is used for purification, meditation, protection, and spiritual understanding. It invites us to let go of lower vibes and allow room for more positive energy. It helps create new perspectives based on light and truth. It has the ability to assist in pulling the barriers from the mind and the walls from the heart.
Frankincense is also known for enhancing practices of prayer and meditation, a great addition to your Full Moon ritual. This oil opens the spiritual channels and allows you to connect with yourself and with source.
How to Use Frankincense
- Inhale from the bottle or add a few drops to a diffuser.
- Apply 1-3 diluted drops to the crown of the head, the forehead and behind the ears.
- Like Lemongrass, you can add a few drops to a spray bottle and mist around the home.
THYME – THE OIL OF RELEASING & FORGIVING
Thyme is one of the most powerful cleansing oils for the emotional body and helps to bring to the surface trapped feelings and emotions. It reaches deep into the body, the soul, searching for unresolved and stuck energy. Once it removes blocks, Thyme leaves the heart wide open to both give and receive love and offer forgiveness.
How to Use Thyme
- Apply a few diluted drops to the chest, over the sacral chakra (lower stomach), and/or to the bottom of the feet. Note: Thyme can be irritating to the skin. Use sparingly and do a skin test first.
- In a diffuser.
WHITE FIR – THE OIL OF GENERATIONAL HEALING
Ancestral healing is always a theme with my clients. White Fir helps to address patterns, traditions and behaviors that are passed down through our lineage. Unearthing negative ancestral patterns and blocks allows us to deal with them and put them to rest. By adding a simple mantra like “It ends with me” into your mediation while envisioning a room full of your family can be a very powerful healing meditation.
How to Use White Fir
- Add a drop on the palm of your hand, rub together and breathe in as you meditate.
- Apply 3-5 diluted drops to your chest or the bottom of your feet.
CYPRESS – THE OIL OF MOTION AND FLOW
Cypress is a powerful oil that creates energetic and emotional flow. Stagnant energies start to MOVE.
Cypress teaches the soul how to let go of the past and move with the flow of life. It is about allowing versus resisting. If you have a hard time letting go of control, this is the oil for you. It encourages us to let go of fear and put worries aside.
How to Use Cypress
- Add a few drops to your diffuser.
- Trace a few diluted drops along the spin or the bottom of your feet.
Almost all of these oils are used inside Witchy Women Candles and Oils. So if you’re not a fan of the oils by themselves (they can be too strong for many), check out our products. We layer scents and healing properties of multiple herbs and oils to create a one-of-a-kind product that supports your magical journey. All ingredients are listed on each product.