1. It can cleanse or empower specific objects
Burning sage creates fragrant smoke central to smudging’s benefits. You can use it to smudge yourself, spaces or objects.
This can be useful with crystals, new purchases, or secondhand items. Smudging may help bring peace of mind and make the object more sacred to you ff you have any concerns with negative history or energy attached to a new or unfamiliar object.
2. It may help dispel negative energy within you
Smudging may also be used as a ritual tool to rid yourself of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others. This can assist you with establishing a positive environment for meditation or other rituals.
3. Boost your energy levels & soothe stress
Ridding the body, objects, and spaces of bad energy can help welcome in newer, fresher, and more positive energies. In a way, this could have an energizing effect and help with fatigue. Research has shown that white sage is rich in compounds that activate certain receptors in the brain that are responsible for elevating mood levels, reducing stress, and even alleviating pain.
4. Enhance spiritual work. Each herb has its own spiritual properties, so depending on what your intention is, different herbs can support spiritual work in various ways. Smudging has long been used to connect to the spiritual realm or enhance intuition. In some traditional cultures, burning sage is used to achieve a healing state or to aid in overcoming spiritual dilemmas.