The practice of traditional smudging is often associated with Native American rituals in the American West, and important for cleansing space and clearing away negative energy. Sweetgrass is burned to remind us of the essence of the feminine and that the earth provides us with everything we need. The hand-braiding is done by a group of Elders who earn income, and tell stories while they do their work.
Sweetgrass can also be be unbraided or trimmed with a scissors into small pieces and sprinkled on hot charcoal tablets. Allow the sacred smoke that follows to wash over the subject of the blessing. The sacredness of the sweetgrass herb then sustains the smudging process.
What is Smudging?
The modern-day practice of burning dried herbs in personal smudging rituals and ceremonies is based on a combination of the spiritual, medicinal, herbal and cultural teachings of the past. Essentially, a smudge ritual or smudge ceremony is performed to correct the energy in a home, work space, in an object, or a person. This is accomplished by burning one or a combination of herbs, in a focused and intentional way to cleanse out negative energy, and to replenish positive, healing energy.