Smudging: A Native American Practice

The other evening my family and I were watching a show on TLC that depicted the rather disturbing paranormal experiences of a woman isolated in her cabin in Alaska. The episode portrayed a woman living in a densely rural area independently and her encounters with an incredibly dark and furthermore demonic presence in her home, and the practices she engaged in to rid her house of such presence.

After contacting a local witch in Alaska, the woman was advised by said watch to cleanse her house daily through means of the ancient art of Smudging, a historical Native American practice. According to spirituality, Smudging is the process of purifying/cleansing a space with the smoke of sacred herbs – when burned, specific herbs produce negative ions which has been linked to increasing an individual’s mood in research studies.

The website explains how Smudging has to be done correctly and accordingly to Indigenous tradition/culture, and how failure to do so can be disrespectful to not only a space but furthermore Aboriginal tradition.

To Smudge a space properly, a door or window should be opened, and the herbs to be burned are to be placed in an alabone or clay bowl. The herbs are to be lit with a wooden match, and once lit the flame is to be blown out, allowing the herbs to produce smoke which is then to be washed over a space or the body and also inhaled. The bowl is to be left sitting until only ashes remain, and the ashes must be disposed of outdoors on the Earth.

The woman in the show practiced Smudging frequently until the dark presence in her home dissipated, and she found the practice to be quite effective in terms of providing her with peace and also comfort in her home. Many individuals practice Smudging routinely in order to maintain positive energy in their homes and minds, and I find the concept of Smudging to be incredibly enthralling.


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