Monday, March 14, 2016

~ Do You Smudge Your Home? ~


This is a normal practice that I have and just thought I'd share a good description that I found. When you're spring cleaning or perhaps have had illness or some sort of negativity in your home, this helps to eliminate those and "refresh" your space. I was doing this yesterday as I like to rid any negativity after having all the migraines and allergy issues. Also, if you've had any emotional issues, worries, frustrations, workmen in your home or maybe you just feel kinda yucky, then try this! You can purchase the sage on Amazon or most health food stores. There is a spray available but I prefer the smudge sticks. I use a white feather and move the smoke into each corner, closets included. Have a door open so the negativity can move outside. I say a prayer as I'm smudging, asking that my home be cleared of anything unpleasant and for it to be a place of welcoming, peace and happiness. I am *not* a weirdo! :)

Study Shows How Smudging Does a Lot More Than “Clear Evil Spirits”

Do you know about smudging and the benefits of smudging? In this article we will give you the back ground and why we should smudge our homes.
The practice of smudging dates back to prehistoric times, and is still very much in use today worldwide for cleansing everything from dwellings to human spirits. However recent research has shed light on the popularity of this activity, revealing that burning certain plant matter actually clears harmful bacteria.
All Western use of burning herbs and plants for spiritual purposes aside, the activity rests firmly in the sensibilities of ancient cultures in that, historically, smudging was believed to put forth the spirits of various ‘allies’ to provide ease and balance to an individual or group.
In this way, the practice was used to clear spiritual and emotional negativity that has built up in a body or a space.
Of course, there are skeptics who belittle the practice as unscientific and akin to magic. The practice has a negative association to a form of cultural imperialism, where traditions of dwindling indigenous populations are co-opted by the descendants of those who more-or-less conquered them.
The scientific paper entitled “Medicinal Smokes” and published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology focuses a scientific lens on the practice, which is becoming more and more widely practiced, despite skepticism.
It serves to play against the role that this activity has played in a culturally diverse range of religions and tribal beliefs.
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The research study looked into herbal and non-herbal remedies that were administered by the burning of various matter.
The research included information from 50 countries over 5 continents and found that, predominantly, smoke administered medicinally is mostly used to aid lung, brain and skin function. In addition, it was revealed that passive fumes doubled as a sort of air purifier.
The purpose of the study was to see whether or not these medicinal smoke deliveries could be explored by western medicine, because “The advantages of smoke-based remedies are rapid delivery to the brain, more efficient absorption by the body and lower costs of production.”
A follow up paper published in the same periodical, “Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria,” found that the research concluded that, in addition to health benefits, smudging was a powerful antiseptic.
“We have observed that 1 hour treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan sámagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24 hour in the closed room.

smudging_featherAbsence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae pv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment.
We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”
In short, burning medicinal herbs cleared airborne bacterial populations by 94%, and the space was still found to be disinfected a day later. What’s more, a month after smudging, much of the pathogens originally found were still undetectable.
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This has profound implications, as modern air quality in the developed and undeveloped world is atrocious, containing up to 1800 bacterial typesmany of them pathogenic. With an increasing deadly array of antibacterial-resistant strains, we’ll need all the help we can get.
Conventional methods of sterilization often employ chemical cocktails that are typically much less effective than purported. Smudging seems to be an effective alternative, while also being natural and safe to use.
In conclusion, the ancient practice of burning powerful herbal material may be much much more than just a primitive belief that we can simply disregard due to it being unscientific.
Of course, this should not take away from the properties of smudging in the area of energy system and soul cleansing and in the power of aromatherapy.
Thanks to thespiritscience where this article first appeared and to bestblender.
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13 comments:

  1. Well I'd not heard about smudging and the benefits of smudging ... what an interesting post to read.

    And yes why does your name appear twice ... perhaps some strange computer glitch?

    All the best Jan

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  2. Never heard of smudging---very interesting. I'm all for using methods other than chemicals. Need to read up on this. Thanks, Pat.

    Jane

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  3. Hi Pat
    Thanks for your recent comment on the low carb diabetic blog, you ask for an email address.I can be contacted at the low carb blog email, lowcarbdiabetic@aol.com

    Hope this helps

    Many thanks Jan

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  4. I am new to this! Never heard of it before!

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  5. Yes, I have heard of it, and did it for the first time on New Year's Eve. I plan on doing it again as soon as spring cleaning is all done.

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  6. I have not heard of this! Thanks for sharing, Pat Pat:) HUGS!

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  7. One of our blogging friends told me about it, and I have done it to my home twice, since January, Pat.

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  8. This is an awesome post, Pat - I bought the sage ages ago and have yet to actually smudge my house! My daughters smudge their spaces downstairs all the time....perhaps it's time for Mommy to get in on the act, yes?

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  9. I have never heard of this. I know a couple of people who had the Priest come and bless their new homes, but never smudging. I also know a lady who uses essential oils in warmers. They are not the regular oils, but some that are supposed to clear the air and keep everyone healthy.
    Thank you for teaching me something new!!!
    Blessings to you,
    J

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  10. I have heard of burning herbs in the house to cleanse it before, but didn't know the background of it. Interesting article, especially about reducing bacteria by 94%! I like the name of it too, as I have a rabbit called Smudge ;)
    Wendy

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  11. Hi Pat, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and your nice comments. I have never smudged our home, but have heard of it or I should say have seen it done. We watch the show Flipping Out and Jeff Lewis does this to his homes before selling. Very Interesting post! : )

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  12. Pat I used to smudge when I studied Feng Shui but stopped a few years ago, why??? I just think I stopped buying sage smudge sticks ... Thanks to your post I will smudge again.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  13. I'm going to have to give this a try; I know that I'm happier when my house smells fresh and clean and this is the time of year that I want to clean all that dirty winter air. Great post, Pat!

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