Many cultures have used the power of herbs to clear and clean their homes, sacred spaces, themselves, and others. Regularly cleansing clears negative energies and uplifts. It's important to create a ritual of sorts for your cleansing, for example I like to wake up, open my windows to allow fresh air to flow into my home and I light my herbs to move and clear the stagnant energies. While you do so it's also important to keep a calm mind, recite prayer or intentions or even sing or dance works amazing! The point is to energetically raise your vibrations to a higher frequency to help clear out the nasty vibes.
The word incense was derived from the French word encens and latin word incensus meaning to cause or become aroused. Smudging on the other hand is a colloquial term for Native American Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing.
A scientific research paper titled “Medicinal Smokes” concluded in 2006 that contrary to common belief, the smoke from certain types of plants are not harmful to the lungs. Instead, conclusive evidence suggests that smudging can help those people affected by poor air quality such as those suffering from cough, colds, asthma, migraines and many others.
We can also remove harmful germs, bacterias and other antagonists from our environments with herbs.
Scientist have observed that burning medicinal smoke in an enclosed room reduced the airborne bacterial count by over 94 percent. Here is an excerpt from their published article:
“Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae pv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.
“The advantages of smoke-based remedies are rapid delivery to the brain, more efficient absorption by the body and lower costs of production. This review highlights the fact that not enough is known about medicinal smoke and that a lot of natural products have potential for use as medicine in the smoke form. This review argues in favour of extended use of medicinal smoke in modern medicine as a form of drug delivery and as a promising source of new active natural ingredients.”
Here is a list of some of the most powerful herbs for cleansing:
- Sage, White Sage
- Bay Leaf
- Palo Santo.