Smudging 101: Sage, herbs and their purposes

Smudging may be a simple ritual, yet it is powerful enough to clear the energy of a new home or office, a space after a negative encounter such as an argument, or your jewelry and crystals. This ritual can also clear your body, mind, and spirit of any negativity by circling the sacred smoke around your boy before smudging a place. 

People have been burning herbs and plants for cleansing and smudging for centuries. The smoke or cleansing essence coming from these herbs and plants helps clear low and stuck vibrations of energies and heal them. Scientifically, burning Sage can help clear bacteria in the air from some viral infections. This guide will help you understand the different herbs used for smudging and how you can benefit from them. 

How to Choose Your Smudge

When choosing what herbs or plants to smudge, it is essential to know that all plants and herbs are sacred, not just Sage. Each herb and plant carries numerous properties and benefits, so if you have a specific intention for your smudging ritual, you should select one that resonates with your intention. If there's a particular smudge that's calling you, trust your intuitive calling. There are reasons and purposes for that. 

If you are being drawn to smudging but still aren't sure what combination to use, various smudge bundles can meet your needs and intentions. There are also smudge starter kits you can buy to help you get started on your smudging journey. Remember; deep down, you know exactly what you need; you just need to listen. 

Below are some of the herbs and plants you can use for smudging, as well as the benefits you'll get from it. 

Palo Santo

If you are seeking physical healing, Palo Santo offers ponent doses of botanical medicine. The name itself translates to "Holy Wood" and is found in Peru. It has been used by shamans for centuries, and it smells amazing. It is best for deep healing and clearing energy and can relieve symptoms of headaches, stress, colds, inflammation, and much more. It has been used as a tool for healing and good fortune. 


Burning rosemary can help soothe your environment and encourage peace. It can also help in removing negative energy from places and spaces. If you feel heavy and negative in a specific area at your home, adding rosemary to your sage bundles can help. 


If you need to purify and cleanse a space, crystal, or jewelry, lemongrass is the herb you need. It is famous for having a fantastic energizing scent, which can refresh and encourage your clarity and focus. 


Cedar is commonly used for beginners or found in smudge starter kits. It is frequently used with white Sage. Since it burns slowly, it is perfect to use for full smudge rituals as well. You can use Cedar for renewal, protection, and grounding. It is also often used to cleanse a home or apartment when first moving in, inviting unwanted spirits to leave. It can also protect a person, place, or object from any unwanted influences. 

Bay Leaves

If you need to lift up your mood, the aromatic essential oil found in bay leaves will help you. It is known to work as a mood booster and can be used for protection, healing, and calming. It can also help reduce anxiety. 

Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce is a rare plant; that's why it is the least commonly used plant for smudging and cleansing. It also has a very welcoming scent like Cedar and is used for purification, serenity, grace, and nobility. 


Lavender is commonly used to help aid as a sleeping aid and bring relaxation, happiness, and peace of mind. It is a unique cleansing tool and is also used for the invitation of spirits. By burning the lavender petals and its stems, you increase the scent coming out from this flower. It is mostly combined with Desert or Blue Sage. 


If you need cleansing and protection, Pine is an excellent herb to burn. It is also associated with prosperity and good health. Traditionally, pine needles are used to bless a new home. In Druid lore, Pine means persistence, moderation, and self-confidence. 

White Sage

Apart from its traditional value, it also has antibacterial properties that can help kill viral bacteria in the air. It is also used for healing. The smoke from the Sage can bless and heal the person being smudged. It can wash off the outside world when someone enters a ceremony or other sacred space. It has been used by Native Americans for centuries now. 

Desert Sage

It is one of the most popular options for using White Sage. Desert Sage is excellent for burning through and through, without needing to be relit. It has the same cleansing properties as White Sage, but their scents are entirely different. Smudging Desert Sage can help ward off bad feelings and influences. 


Mugwort is primarily used to cleanse, protect, and heal. This herb has beneficial properties and can help reconnect with the power of our Mother Earth. Mugwort is usually mixed with common dried Sage and is called Black Sage. 

These are just some of the common herbs and plants used in smudging. There's no right or wrong when choosing your smudge. It all comes down to what your intuition says. 

The Mecka

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