How to Smudge your Home with Smoke

One of the most beneficial things you can do to your home, especially if you have different people in and out of your house is to cleanse it of their energies after they have left to help prevent any negative energies from hanging around and messing up the happy energies that you have pulsating throughout your home.

When you have visitors in your home they can sometimes leave negative energies that will try to extend their visit and cloud your positivity.

Learning How to smudge your home is an easy way to clean up any of the residual effects of your previous guests or from any type of negative forces you feel coming into your life.

What is smudging

Smudging has been around for thousands of years and has been used in rituals by native Americans, in ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt as a way to cleanse a space from bad spirits and negative energy.

Smudging has been used for thousands of years by many cultures worldwide.

Smudging is the act of burning plant materials, sage is the popular choice, wafting the smoke, to remove negative energy of yourself, your home, or any space that feels necessary recharging the psychic energy field with positively. Smudging is used when you feel there are unwanted spirits in your home or a negative presence in general.

Some times to consider the need of smudging to help is when you’ve been involved in an argument with someone to release yourself of carrying those feelings with you. Smudging is also beneficial if you are having feelings of depression, despair, resentfulness, anger, or of being just unwell in general health

How to smudge

Start by lighting your stick and once the flame has started to cover the end blow out the flame and hold at a downward angle to allow the embers to burn upward.

To start your smudging, light your choice of smudge stick and let it catch fire. Extinguish the fire and let the smoke flow from the stick. Catch the ashes in a bowl or a shell to prevent the ash from making a mess. You can use one large feather or a smudging fan than consists of many feathers to help spread the smoke into hard to reach areas. Be cautious not to fan too much or you can cause the embers to burn out.

I like to always start by smudging myself first so that I feel cleansed enough to continue outward. To cleanse yourself you want to stand facing the east and start by fanning swirls of smoke around your body from head to toe. If there are any areas that have experienced physical, emotion, or spiritual pain, or areas of blockage in your mind or body and imagine the smoke lifting away all the negative thoughts, emotions or energies that are caught up with you.

Walk around your home and let the smoke get everywhere, move clockwise in every room and think loving thoughts. Open up the closets and cabinets, don’t forget behind doors, to make sure you cleanse all spaces thoroughly. Leave the kitchen for last as this is the heart of the home, ensuring that you are opening all cabinets.

Smudging Prayers

This is where you can get a little creative on your part. You can make up your own prayer (or poem) of gratitude, or just talk to the smoke as you are smudging. Say what you want it to do, cleanse yourself and your home of all that’s unwelcome. If there are certain areas that you want focused on, say it.

Like with all rituals, set your mind to focus on your intentions, tell the smoke what you want cleansed, and give thanks for doing your works.

The power comes from your thoughts and intentions. You have to direct the smoke with your hands, of course, but also with your voice and intentions.

If you feel like you can’t think of anything on your own or if you just need a little guidance you can always look online for lots of ideas on what to say. Find something easy if you are like me and get tongue-tied easily so you can repeat it forming a chant to help you build up your cleaning energies. Here is a simple one that flows nicely:

Smoke of Air and Fire of Earth,

cleanse and bless this home and hearth.

Drive away all harm and fear,

only good may enter here”.

I also like this one:

“Negative energy may not stay,

I release it and send it on its way.

Negative energy I banish thee,

and is my word so mote it be!”

How’s it Smoking?

When smoke is rising in a narrow formation it is because of the negative energies compressing the air.

One of the things you want to do while you are smudging is to pay attention to the smoke and how it is flowing.

If the area is heavy with negative energy, the smoke will rise in a long thin flow going upward. This is because the smoke is being pushed tight with the denseness of the energy.

As the negative energies are being removed the air is beginning to open up allowing room for the smoke to expand.

As you are cleansing you will notice that the smoke will start to flow in a wider cloud cover because the area is being cleansed, creating more space for the smoke to drift.

Types of smudges

There are plenty of choices of herbs, and some trees, out there to use for smudging. Like I said previously, sage is the most common choice used by many of the craft but you can find choices of items that compliment an area you need focused on and finding the right fuel for the fire (like what I did there) to make it more powerful. Here is a list of some choices out there.

  • Cedar: calming, comforting, purifies, protects
  • juniper: centering, clarity, cleansing, focus,
  • lemongrass: refreshing, communications, channeling,
  • mugwort: protection, clairvoyance, prophetic dreams, purification, psychic abilities
  • palo santo: clearing negativity, attracts positivity, reestablishes peace and balance
  • pine: cleansing, renewal, strengthening
  • rosemary: protection, purification, psychic abilities and healing
  • sage: cleansing, balance, banish negativity, strengthening
  • sweet grass: call for ancestral and spirit helpers, ancient wisdom
A tutorial on Pinterest I found about making your own smudge stick.

You can find blends of these and other items and more in your stores or you can find the individual ingredients to make your own blends. There are tutorials to show you how to roll your own online. I just find it pretty easy to buy them pre-made. To each their own. You can also use the loose leaves and burn them in a fire safe container I.e. a little cauldron, a seashell, a censor just be sure that you are able to carry it and that it won’t get too hot with the embers burning.

Safety  First

Make sure you have proper ventilation and research any dangers with the smudge stick in use.

As always please use caution when lighting anything on fire, open windows if the smoke is too much or for smaller areas to prevent injury. Do research on any of the items you are burning to make sure there aren’t any side effects from that particular item. Especially if you are pregnant or nursing, have small children or pets.

Go on and clean up that negativity and get ready for the good vibes to flow.

Love and Light,





16 Replies to “How to Smudge your Home with Smoke”

  1. Hi Tandy. Thanks for the great post! Smudging is wonderful not only as you recommend, but when buy a home, open a business, etc. When I obtained my boutique several years ago, we smudged inside and out as the previous tenant was pretty negative. Some may think it’s odd, but I truly believe in it. I’ve only used sage and cedar wood but I love your list of other plants.

    1. Hi and thank you for your comment! Yes when entering a new residence or place of employment or business are definitely times for a good smudging. Glad I could help with new types of smudge stick ideas.
      Best wishes

  2. Hi Tandy,
    I have been very interested in leaning smudging. I have purchased sage, a shell and a feather.
    I am so happy to have found your site. I now have a chant to use and a better understanding on how to do a smudge.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Love and Light.

    1. I’m happy that this post was helpful for you. How awesome that you already have all the tools ready for a good smudging! Thanks for the comment

  3. Interesting I have never heard of something like this before!! I will pass this post on to my friends who are interested in things like this!!

  4. Hi there

    Smudging, I like the sound of that lol. It is pretty popular from what I’ve seen. My wife is a huge fan especially when we moved into our home. I had not heard about it ever until I met her. Funny now that I’m reading something on it. Thanks for the post

    1. Yes, every new home needs a good smudging to start off with a nice clean slate. My husband says that when he met me he discovered a whole different world with my rituals and insights. Thanks for the comment

  5. Interesting read! I never knew it was called smudging.
    We traditionally use a combination of Incense and dried leaves from plants at the end of the year to chase bad spirits away. We “smudge” the whole house first and then ourselves at the end by putting the pan (yes, we use a pan to for the smudging) on the ground and step over it. Until now we never really paid attention to where we stand. I guess its different from smudging but still close to it. About smudging how do you define wich area you need to focus more? Is it okay to make a combination of several choices? Like a combination of Cedar, Palo Santo, and Rose Mary?

    1. Thank You! That is what I would consider smudging as well. Every ritual can have your own steps, its what comes from your heart and mind that makes it count. As for how to define an area of focus; I either know from an ailment on my body, but as for my home it can be from the feelings you get inside your body in certain locations of the house. Like all of a sudden when you walk into a room you might get a nauseous feeling, or sometimes a surge of anxiety. Sometimes you can just feel frustrated from a conversation, or even sad and gloomy. Any of these would be a reason to for a good smudging. You can make any combination of items that you would like, mix and match as you please. Researching of different plants will give you ideas for specific magical properties to expand your ritual. Thank you for your questions and comments.

  6. This is so interesting! It totally reminds me of a ritual that the Chinese have, using a pomelo leave (if I’m not wrong) to sprinkle some holy water all over the house, to ward off evils.

    1. Yes I have heard about that before. I saw it a few times when I attended Mass with my Father and I feel it’s the same concept. It’s also a good way for pregnant women to be able to cleanse without smoke. Thank you for your comment

  7. I definitely learned so much that I had no idea about! 🙂 Great post! I really feel like I got educated and learned so much about something I was ignorant about! Very understandable and easy to read! Thank you!

    1. Thank you for your comment and for the read! I love being able to share information with others as well as learning about new things myself. Thanks again!

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