Energy smudging works on the subtle, invisible energy that exists in all things. Our energetic field can pick up the energy around us, so if we are in an environment where we are subject to negative or heavy energies or emotions, we can be susceptible to holding that in our energy field. Our homes, work spaces and other living areas also collect energy and can be in need of clearing. Smudging has been likened to the spiritual equivalent of hand washing.
The smudging practice has been around for thousands of years. The art of smudging uses smoke from dried herbs most commonly used is white sage. In many traditions, smudging also involves a prayer or invocation, which, on its most basic level, is a very good tool for focusing our intention. And where intention goes, energy flows.
Modern science has proven that the aroma of sage increases the oxygen supply to the brain, producing a physical relaxation of muscle tension. When burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood.