Smudging is the burning of herbs to get rid of heaviness, negativity and low vibrations around your space, home, office, etc. The term “smudging” refers to the burning ritual itself. Research shows that burning sage has the potential to kill up to 94% of airborne bacteria. The Latin for sage is ‘Salvia’ which stems from the word ‘to heal.’

The most commonly used herbs are blue and white sage, but other herbs like cedar, lavender and mugwort are also used. When the herbs are bundled, they’re known as a smudge stick. Palo Santo, a natural wood found the coast of Latin and South America has been historically used in indigenous rituals and is now an NM fave!

Open up the windows so the bad energy finds a path right up out of your space. As you light you smudge stick or Palo Santo you want to let it burn for about 20 seconds, then gently blow out the flame. You’ll then see the aromatic smoke being released into the air around you. You want to wand the smoke around your crystals and space. It’s all about being intentional, so your smudging rituals is a good chance to verbalize gratuity for your crystals and anything else you're feeling especially grateful for. 

Once you’re done, place the smudge stick or Palo Santo on a nonflammable surface. Abalone shells are very popular to use as a smudging bowl since they come directly from mama nature’s oceans. We like to think the smudge stick will turn off on its own once the job is done. You never want to extinguish your smudge stick with water, this will make it harder to light next time.

**Do not leave a burning smudge stick unattended as this can cause a fire**

You can also use Florida Water to cleanse the surface of where the crystal will be placed. You want to welcome your crystals into their new homes and show them

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