I’ve just begun my journey with smudging.
I call it “smudging during offline moments”. I find it relaxing when I’m doing yoga, reading a book or just chilling at home. I’ve tried Palo Santo and White Sage (I know, classy!). But there are also many more like Pine or Yerba Santa.
Have your ever tried smudging? If yes, what’s your opinion on that? Does it help you reconnect? Regain energy? Focus? What’s the purpose that you are doing it for?
Do you have your favourite herbs, that you can recommend me?
For a beginner like me, all opinions will be very much appreciated
We did it once as part of a séance to banish evil spirits from a friends house where he and I, who were living there at the time, were waking up with scratches on us every day that looked like chickens feet. We used Sage. I know not related to what you’re using it for, but thought I would share.
Thank you for sharing the story!
Wow! My question is - did it work? Did the scratches stop?
Yes, thank you for asking, it did stop. I didn’t believe it would, but after the séance life there got a lot better.
Thank you for your answer! It’s really astonishing
Hey! Is smudging just about nice relaxing smell or it’s sth else? Is it just a way of aromatherapy?
I use is as mood enhancers and vibe creators.
They help me to focus before my yoga routine or set into the right mood when I want to jump into a relaxing evening with a book and glass of wine.
I find that various smells evoke various emotions. White sage is a more balancing, evening smell, while Pine is very invigorating and refreshing - I like to use it also at work.
Has anyone here used Pine?
I use, the essential oil, Gum Spirits of Turpentine (Diamond G) both internally and externally:
- Apply to face, wait 5 minutes, rinse with water for fresh looking skin.
- Apply to lips for nice looking lips.
3.Apply to eyelids and they will gradually appear less puffy; keep your eyes closed for 5 minutes, your skin will feel hot, everything is fine!
- Apply to gums and teeth to reduce pain or prevent nighttime grinding.
- Put a splash in a tall glass of cold water and sip slowly to greatly reduce the feeling of nausea / at the first sign that you are ill.
- Mix a small amount with a liquore to ward off viruses, reduce pain, and increase mental clarity.
- Open bottle and breathe gently to purify your lungs.
When you first start taking turpentine internally it can make you feel a little woozy (donuts help) but once your body gets used to it you can consume 2 or more tsp with no negative effects.
It is lethal at very high doses (4 ounces) but your daily consumption should only be 3 drops for the first month and then gradually increase to 2 tsp; when you get to the point where you feel nothing after consuming 2 tsp then you consume the max dose of 1 tbsp every 5 days.
The brand you’ve mentioned states that the product is not for human consumption. I am no longer a member of the Mudita team so I am not aware of their opinion on this matter. However, as you mentioned that you ingest this product, I am concerned and I would advise you to be careful.
Gum Spirits of Turpentine is an essential oil that has been used as a medicine for thousands of years; it is collected from slash pine trees and distilled for purity.
‘Hardware Store Turpentine’ is byproduct of the paper making process and is extremely toxic.
They are not the same thing.
Vitamin A is more deadly than gum spirits;
there is a dose that helps, and there is a dose that harms.
I have been purifying space with smoke for decades; most cultures have variations on the theme, and there are all kinds of names for the practice! Sage is only one of many different kinds of plants to burn for the purpose, it is definitely not the “best” as there are many “bests”, depending on what your need is.
I’ve used bay, rosemary, cedar, the sticks left over from harvesting lavender buds. Regular old incense works just as well too, in my experience! Any of the classic “holy” scents work well, like frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh. Copal, as well. Currently, I don’t use sage, because there are issues with ethical harvesting - foragers are doing a lot of damage to the wild populations of white sage in the Southwest - and I find much of it too expensive.
Ditto. Too much hypocrisy in the “ethical” industry. Lot’s of times things are taken out of context, the big picture of things isn’t considered, or facts are skewed to suit.
Frankincense and myrrh resins are nice along with a cacao ceremony, particularly if you can get your hands on minimally processed cacao. You can also spice your red wine with myrrh for a nice experience.
Tibetan singing bowls can make for a hypnotic experience.
Sounds cleansing! I forgot about that, it works really well too.