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How to Cleanse Your Home with Sage


Every life transition has its “zero hour,” that moment when everything that came before it is different from everything that comes after.  We hit that moment this weekend when the moving truck piled with our boxes pulled away from one house and into another.

The whole day was a blur of movement, decision-making (where should that table go?), worry (will the sofa fit through that doorway?), and stress (how many hours over the estimate is this going to take?!).  There was excitement too, chirping somewhere deep in the stress maelstrom, but it was hard to hear it.

And at the end of the day, Rob and I were left standing in our house.  To take it to the next level and make it our home, we did an on-the-fly version of a sage smudging, the ancient cleansing ritual used by Native American and shamanic cultures to remove negative energy from a space.

I’m not generally one for shamanic rituals, and I was certainly a little nervous about carrying a smoking stick around our brand new house.  But the move had been so stressful and mind-consuming that I wanted to do something to say, spiritually, that I was grateful that we were starting fresh, grateful to have the opportunity to create a new home in this lovely house, grateful that we were doing this together, and grateful that the “zero hour” was behind us.

In anticipation of this moment, I had asked my friend and colleague Laurie Sue Brockway, who is the keeper of all things inspirational, spiritual, and wise, for a ritual that we could try to close out the move and clear the house for our future life.  She immediately suggested the sage smudging, and told me how to do it.

How to Perform a Sage Cleansing Ritual

1.  Buy a sage smudge stick (mine was white sage and lavender, and I got it at a natural foods store) and find a bowl to hold it over (traditionally, abalone shell is used).  Also set up a cup of water to extinguish it after the ritual.

2.  Open every door and window in your house, and turn on fans if you have them.

3.  Light the stick, and when it catches fire, blow it out and allow the embers to start to smoke (like you would light incense).

4.  Set your intention for each room.  Say a prayer of cleansing.  Laurie Sue suggested, “I cleanse this room of any impurities, negativity, or anything that does  not suit or support the people that live here.”

5.  Walk around the room, waving the sage stick so its smoke drifts into corners, along walls, around windows, and along ceiling lines.  As you do, imagine the smoke absorbing negativity, problems from those who were in the space before you, toxicity, and anything else you want to go away.  See the smoke dissipating and floating out the windows, and imagine that bad energy flowing out of your space, making room for positive, fresh energy.

6.  After you’ve blessed every room, give yourself a sage shower.  Cup your hands over the smoke and “wash” your face with it, then wave it all over your body as you would in a water shower.  Visualize any residual negativity sailing out of your body, out of your home, and into oblivion. 

7.  Extinguish the stick in the cup of water or – if your stick was very small or is almost done – flush it down the toilet.  You can also bury it in your back yard (if you are very sure that it is extinguished).

I have to say that I found genuine meaning in the ritual.  I felt like it made the space ours, it cleared away all of the anxiety and stress of the past few weeks, and left us with the opportunity to say, cleanly, we are grateful for this place.  Our place.  Our home.

Have you ever done a sage smudging?

  • Dena

    My soon to be mother-in-law did a sage smudging in my apartment a couple of months ago–after I’d lived there a little over a year. I don’t think I feel anything different, though I like to think the reason is because there was nothing “negative” there in the first place. I do wonder, however, if had the smudging been done when I first moved in, it would have taken me a lot less time to be comfortable with the place and truly feel it was my own.

  • Nicole R.

    I want to try the sage cleansing before I move into my new apartment. I wanted to know if you could suggest to me a way to cleanse my colon in a more holistic way?

  • Kathy

    I have done sage smudging a handful of times in my home, but since I have asthma the smoke sometimes bothers me. I am also highly allergic to grass and one time someone thoughtfully gave me a “smudge stick” that almost did me in. Unbeknownst to me, it not only contained sage, but cedar and sweet GRASS as well. Thus, I more often use a spray form of smudging, which involves white sage, lavender and rose essential oils. I get my white sage oil from the Rosebud Lakota reservation. Good stuff.

  • Martin

    You must respect the ceremony and feel the spiritual connection, otherwise it is all meaningless.
    Use an abalone shell to contain the sage. The shell represents water.
    The sage represents the earth. The smoke represents fire. Last element is air. Water/earth/fire/air.
    Be in a spiritual frame of mind. You should pray or meditate prior to this home cleansing. Think about your past as well as that of the previous owners and what baggage may already have been in residence or is moving in with yourself. Be honest and seek a change in your house(your own body) as well as the home.
    Believe and recieve the blessings of the ceremony. Respect the action and its purpose.
    After cleansing my home, nearly 2 years after purchasing it, I have slept better, the tension in the home is very low and improved, and I feel at peace. I have repeated the smudging several times and each time I feel an improvement in both the home and its occupants.
    Best to all who read this and find it helpful.

  • Sharon

    I was instructed to smudge in a counter clockwise motion. Is that true? This article was very helpful.

  • Rosalind

    I plan to do a cleansing prior to my son’s surgery this month. Is there a prefered sage and herb that promotes healing that someone would recommend? Thank you and God Bless. Roz

  • carmen

    My mother’s Home Health Aide, tells me that she feel itching and smell an odor in my mother’s apartment. No there is no bed bugs. However she is Haitian and believes in voodo, which I rescept. She had a problem with a precious HHA who worked on Friday & Saturday. The HHA who works at night from 8:00PM -8:00AM told me that the HHA that works on Fri. & Sat. put toliet paper on the door. When she asked her what is that the HHA did not respond and left. She took the toliet p. to throw out only to find salt on my mother’s key hole. The next morning she started to fill itching. I let go of the HHA that works Fri. & Sat. Today, the HHA told me that she smelled a bad ordor in the elevator, I told her that it’s a senior citzen building and it could be anthing. Garbage or maybe a dead body that was carried out in the elevator, who knows. Please help me what kind of cleansing should I do to make her feel better. I really would appriate your advise and help. Thanks.

  • Wapani Savage

    One should perform the smudging in a clockwise/Sun-wise direction.

  • qt

    Hi carmen sorry to hear about your mom but they got a website called the magickal cat. I know that they might have something to help your mom I know it helped me out a lot and i learned and got a lot of good information from the website. They also have stuff you can purchase to help your mom since you said she believes in voodoo.I know people can be very evil when it comes to stuff like that i’ve seen it first hand. I hope this helps you out a little and let me know how your is doing.

  • Nicola

    I am currently living in my grandmother who is now deceased. last night I heard footsteps outside my door and when I got up to see who was there it was nothing. This was about 2am. An hour later I was asleep in bed and it felt like someone was holding a pillow over my head and I was trying to turn my head to scream but was unable to. This was not the first time something like this happened to me. The first time it felt like something was on my back and I was trying to scream but was unable to. What should I do?

  • Ana

    Hello, I live in Brazil, and have been experiencing a lot (I mean – A LOT) of negative things happening to me, my personal belongins, my house and myself. I would like to know if there is anything else I can do besides cleasing my house with sage. I´m happily married, I´m a mother to a 3 year old girl and 7 healthy dogs. I live in a house with lots of nature surrounding. Looking fwd to your reply. Thank you!

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment don

    i have a bad vibe in my house i hope it works. aren’t you supposed to go in a counter clock wise motion to ward off evil spirits? or is it clock wise i need help!!!

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment T.L. Robertson

    I have moved several times in the last few years. Strange things keeping happening to me. I wake in the middle of the night feeling of someone standing over me and once even woke from a bad dream and had my hair pulled so hard my head was forced back down the the pillow. Now locked doors open and lights turn on and off by theirself through out the night. I am feeling different myself. I no longer want to leave my home for any reasons. I no longer sleep. And I feel something here cold and dark. This has been going on for many years but until now I have never spoke of the occurances. However, they are becoming more intense. Please help. Advice needed.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ms. S

    My Sister and I have been magnets for “strange happenings” since we were small children. I recently moved in with my Fionce and although I never sensed any negativity in the house before, now that my two boys and I have moved in and many changes have been made to the house, the “strange happenings” are beginning…footsteps (both in the house and on the front and back porches), faint conversations in distant rooms, frequently used items disapper only to be found later where they should be, or sometimes in ridiculous places, and objects have a frequent tendency to “fall” off of counters and shelves. I would like to cleanse my house before it makes the kids uncomfortable or scared. We have a wonderful happy family, I want to have a wonderful happy house too! Please help.


  • http://Ijustdontknow sorrows of a mother

    I am at wits end about 3 yrs ago i have had my daughter walk away and not want anything to do with us. it just seems that everthing we do to get a lil ahead we get pushed back. we always seem to hit a brick wall. i am going to try this because i just donet know what else to do.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Alice

    I smudge as often as I feel that my husband; myself or home needs it. I’m glad I read this article since I haven’t opened windows and doors in the past but I will do so in the future – it makes sense. We also used the smudging ritual as part of our wedding ceremony – almost 6 years later all is well. We’ve had our ups and downs – but what healthy marriage doesn’t. I believe in this practice – I can genuinely feel heaviness lift and leave after smudging!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mary Anne Thompson

    Yes! I have Native American blood from my Father’s side of the family. I have learned we are from the Blackfoot Tribe. I started studying under my Shaman “Bear” back in 1997 and learned about ceremonies including smudging prior to his passing in 1999. I have since chosen to walk a Native American path spiritually. I embrace the “old ways” I pray to Mother Earth/Father Sky or Great Spirit. I use sage as well as other herbs in my daily rituals. I also make medicine bags, dream catchers and do animal totem readings for people. I am a Native American Medicine woman who grows her own herbs and vegetables. I follow the Farmers Almanac, I plant and harvest by the seasons and the phases of the Moon. Since we are made up primarily of water we are very in tune with the Moon and planets. I am blessed to have learned of the Red Road and give thanks to Grandfather for the wisdom of the Elders! Wanka Tanka

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Marty

    I have been traveling through New Mexico, Arizona and currently Colorado. It was amazing to see bush after bush of sage in New Mexico–wild sage! I picked tons of it. Once I get back home, I intend to make some sticks with lavender, garlic and sage to cleanse my home. I was lucky to find a book in National Monument regarding all sage uses. Will let you know how it went.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patricia

    When, I moved into my house. I did it before I brought anything into the house.Now if the energy isn’t right or everyone are at each other. I know it time for a spiritual cleaning

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pamela

    I have never done a sage smudging before, however, I am going to try this. My husband have so much negative vibes, even in church on Sundays he make negative comments about the way things are done. It is very draining fore me, because i endure this behavior at home as well. Remind you I endure this for the past 30/years. I pray everyday, but it seems like it’s getting worse. Help, help, help.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Glori

    Do you have to dispose of the Sage ? Mine is a big one and I just let it burn and use it the next time. I do use the ashes to “cleanse myself”
    I do the Sage cleaning in my house about once a month

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rita

    I have when I moved into my home 30 years ago and so happy to find this. Because my son is buying his first home and this is the first year that I grew it. Today I am drying some it it to make bundles to bless and cleanse my sons new home.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Loretta

    Thank you so much for the info. I would like very much to do the sage smudging, my mother would come home and ask me what is that she smell. I would say and she would think something else.She lives with my husband ad me. Should I do it when I know she out for about 5 or 6 hours? (HELP)
    Thank you,

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rona

    I sage routinely after I clean my house. It’s my way of maintaing a sacred space in my home where all who enter feel welcome and at ease. It also eliminates any negative energy that may have built up during the week. I take special care in each room to bless the people that live here.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Novel1

    My daughter rented her own house out while accepting a job elsewhere and now the house has a ton of bad energy in it. Last renters went to jail and we had to evict the ones who “remained”. I am performing a broom and sage ceremony tonight with her on the property, then we will salt the outside perimeter just to be sure. The new renters who are eager to move in, want to buy the place next year — we don’t want any other renters affected by the “bad energy” left behind.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tanjai

    Thanks for the helpfull tips,My roomate passed away in my house from a brain anerism,I tred to revive him,but he was gone since then strange and unexplainable things have been happening,not only here but my neighbors as well,it makes me feel uneasy,and I want him to be at peace so I bout some smudge,hope it works

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Melissa

    Traditionally you’re supposed to keep the windows and doors closed until after you’ve completed the smudging ceremony.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ladybug

    I know this is late but for those who asked for help I hope you read this. Smudging with Sage really does work and will seriously help those who feel negative presence in their homes. But there is a catch…You MUST believe in the power of the blessing and the prayer while smudging must be done with conviction and strength. If you are afraid, fearful, apprehensive it will NOT work. Here is one I always use and my children often come home from school and are calmer, happier, just completely un hurried and they always say have you been saging Mommy? It just feels so good to finally be home.
    Here ngoes…Angels of Protection, Angels come near, Please remove all energy and spirits that dont belong here. Lead and guide them from the North, South, the East and West, send them into the light and give their soul rest. Begin in the rear west side of your home, proclaim this prayer in every room, let as much daylight into your home a possible and direct sunlight. Open all windows and doors and closets. Put instrumental nature sounding music on to aid you in relaxing. Meditate for a few minutes before about a time when you felt safe,loved and happy. Trust that the universal force that gave you life is supporting and lifting your vibration. In peace love and light, God Bless. I KNOW this will help you!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tbare

    i have had nothing but bad things happening to my house since my husband and i moved in. the roof leaked leaving the inside of my house looking like the rainforest ruining my floors and ceiling inside and it took 3 different people to be able to fix it.a leak in the bathroom destroyed our bathroom and part of the kitchen. then another leak in the kitchen destroyed the rest of it. we had bed bugs that ended with having to tent our house. and just recently our hot water heater broke and flooded our garage not once not twice but three times because after installing a new one the plumber couldnt get the pipes to stay glued together and they kept bursting. finances have been the worst in 10 years and we have only been in the house for 3 years……i think my house needs an exorcism. but i will do a cleansing first with sage. hopefully it will work i should have done this when i first moved in.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Carly Alyssa

    I Love to use Sage, and it truly makes such a wonderful difference in the feeling of the Energy of a Home. Cleanses Everything, Our Mind, Body and Spirit. We are all Energy and all things hold Energy. Energy in a home can get Stagnant, Old, Sad, & Negative, we want Our Homes to have Energy that is Warm, Inviting, Peaceful & Positive.
    Our Environment, Molds US, Influences are States of Mind, Body and Spirit.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rochelle

    I have been experiencing bad energy in my home, and in myself lately. I always wanted to move back to my old place, this place i live in, does not feel like home. So i asked this lady what i should do. she told me to burn sage or sweet grass in a clockwise motion. And she told me to put salt around my house, inside and outside. Also to bath in epsum salt. because spirits dont like salt. She also told me to light a white candle in each room, and she said it should scare any bad energy or spirits in ur home. she said to leave a rock at each window in my home, and to say a prayer for myself and my home. If there are any bad spirits attached to you, eat salt and vinegar chips. that should scare them away. I just did all this today, I will let you know how i sleep tonight. thanks!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rochelle

    PS. do your dishes before u go to sleep and clean ur home spick and span. spirits come to eat, and are attracted to dirty people who dont do their dishes and dont clean their home.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Eunice

    I have tried once and I did not do it right. I am going to give it a try several more times. I was told it would take more then once. I cannot wait for spring to be here to give the house a cleansing head to toe! I did not use the words given on here but will this time for sure with the love of my family and true belief in this way I will let you know if i did well. Thanks for the info

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Suzie

    I haven’t, but it sounds like a positive way to begin your life in a new home, so I plan to give it a go. Thanks for you help.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ChaBella

    Wow Thank you, a friend just suggested to me about doing a sage cleansing at lunch today. She’s the third person within less than 2 weeks that has spoken about doing a sage cleansing. I’m in need positive energy. I’m dealing with alot of illness, bad attitudes, negativity and death around me. I need to release those bad vibes and unhealthy spirits from my place.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Xaivier Sinclaire

    I just got done smudging the outside of the home and property, and to that I like to start with a corner cleaning I spray corner of the home with a mixture of Florida-water and Holy-water makes for a really nice feeling through the home.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Belimer

    First smudge yourself. I use sage

    Using a broom, “sweep” the negative energy out of each room, going in a clock wise direction. (Not litterally sweeping the entire area) Saying or thinking ‘I cleanse this space of all negative energy.’ (or whatever you feel is right or apropriate for you)

    Sprinkle salt around the perimeter of each room going clockwise again. (You don’t have to use a whole container of salt, just a few grains.) Say or think ‘I purify this space so no negative energy may return.’ (again, whatever feels right for you)

    Smudge each room, clockwise with the smudge of your choice. Say or think ‘bless this space with positive white light’ (you get the idea, right?)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mary

    For people who have problems and for which the sage doesn’t complete the job, you should look for a Reiki Master, priest, shaman, energy workers or other spiritually trained person to assist you. Sometimes the departed is in your energy field and accompanies you around 24/7. I went through this after doing hospice work. I knew who it was; we were friends before he died, but his needs were in conflict with mine and he needed to go to the light.
    You can go on line to find these spiritual people. Check them out first if you can. Some book stores carry metaphysical things and people leave business cards. There are a lot of good intended, but inept practitioners out there and you don’t want to waste your money.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cat

    I clense my home often .. when I feel I needto release negative energies or just sweep out the bab and sweep in the good .. I feel renewed and more positive after …

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment dee

    yes in doing the house cleansing do you have to get rid of the sage stick i have a very large one and there not cheap but if thats going to guarantee sucess i will please let me know need to do this today thanks god bless

  • Linda

    I’m an Native American from Seattle,Wash. We have been doing this for a long time. I’ve taught my 2 daughters this ritual,2 them.I was a fanatic about this ritual. Back in the 60’s,it was the rage,everyone did it. AS u said it been around a long time,use by Native Americans.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Victoria C

    Thanks so much for the advice…we cant wait to try this… our family is in such a turmoil, new jobs…everythings… I know this is just the thing for us.. we grow our own sage and lavender. :) so it is from the earth around our our home…it is meant to be.. will let you all know how things turn out!!! Thank you Mother Earth….

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Vanessa

    I sent 2 message prior to this I am hope they were submitted it kept saying error on
    Email address
    I truly need some help
    Direction on how to cleans myself and home
    Once again thank you
    I use sage on
    My home but not with doors and windows open until
    I am done recently I burned in
    My back yard because my neighbors are constantly snooping and I can’t even use my toilet with out him announcing I am in
    Bathroom I don’t understand why they feel a need to listen and watch me every day.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Vanessa

    As I was saying I am having so
    Much negativety my coworkers/neighbors they go thru my trash listen to my home and whatch me thru my windows from sun up until in I go to bed no war room I am in when I am on the toilet etc. On a daily and sometime follow me they can give each other a time schedule of what I did or didn’t do on a daily. I recently burned sage in my back yard because when I get home at night my neighbor sits in the dark waiting for me they have gone so far as to report to
    My job my home activity it has become so stressful. Some times when I wake up there are bruises on
    My enter thighs and arms and I don’t know how I got them I feel like I am under attack by not just negative but evil spirits some times I have this bad odor on
    Me that I can’t seem to get rid of how do I cleans my home and myself . Please help
    Thank you and God bless the Devil has no victory hear but I can not do this a long anymore I have had others to help But they just continue to ask for money and nothing changes
    Help Me if you can

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment robert may

    i just thought i would mention a little important fact….. the smudge stick should NEVER be put out in water or any of the sorts. it should always be put out using a bowl of fresh sea salt, or iodised salt, as the salt is a perfect cleansing tool for something like a smudge stick. hence why salt is used in wicca rituals as a protection circle. it most certainly should not be flushed down the toilet either, it should be kept in the bowl of salt, but if it needs disposing then it should be burnt out and then buried or placed into a fire outside to burn out completely.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Estee Parks

    If you feel that your home or space has a negative energy that is affecting your family,when you smudge with your sage (or other herb) make sure to also smudge over sink/shower drains and over open toilets. Sometimes negative energy may come uninvited into your house through these openings.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Victoria Harris

    I just read all of the articles about sage smudge sticks. and how to clean my houes and my mind and body and soul. so that I can help my children out .it has been times I do not want to get up or good to work it is like something is holding me back and down at times I was looking at the MENTALIST and she sage a tattoo parlor to make her feel better . I pray that it will clean my house and my mind body and soul . I believe that there is something in my house that is not good or friendly to my family and me so I want to clean out my house room by room
    Thank you all for the SAGE cleanner

  • Christopher Long

    I am a wiccan I smudge my house my family and friends houses i have been a wiccan for a little over two years and I have never been happier the feeling of a cleansed house is one of the best feelings in the world thank you for listen and i highly recommend anyone to smudge their house because it will give you peace and tranquility in any situation. Blessed be and so mote it be

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lucy

    Did my first cleansing. Helping to remove all negativity and noise from my home.

  • Jersi

    I am amaze that this thing can be used in cleaning. I better try this.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Elizabeth

    First time I have know to do this. I did this today to cleanse my classroom of the negative parental energy which was there last night.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Olga

    A question re: step 6. How would I cup my hands over the smoke if I’m holding it? Where should I place the sage stick? Thank you

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Flame

    the only thing about this that is wrong, is You are suppose to take an EMPTY cup and the sage stick outside, set the sage stick inside the cup (burning end facing up) and let it burn out itself. You never put it out with water…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Eileen

    I will be doing this next week as my little grandson wakes crying very badly ..and I have orbs all the time..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kay

    Years ago I found articles on Smudging and white sage was used to cleanse the house and then sweet grass after to put energy into home. I have just moved to a new home and have just smudged it and it is feeling good already ……..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Al Florez

    Thank you for the guidance on how to do the cleansing but I been having a hard time to buy the whita sage here in Seattle Wa. If you can help me with this matter I’ll be very greatful to you
    Al Florez

  • Amy C. Holmes

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful tips of yours. I would love to read more from your future blogs,, Hoping for it. Good day!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment gracie

    thanks… it was really helpful.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment renee

    can i do it or do i have to get a special person to do it for us.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment kassie

    i have lived in my apt for a little over 2yrs ive always heard things moving but in the last 6mo ive been seeing a tall black figure, terrifiying dreams that im in a very old mansion or maybe a plantion home(not sure)and someone is tryn to harm me i have woke up and not been able to breath with red marks around my neck, i have also felt a cold energy pass thru the back of my neck an out of the front of my neck, but now my oldest child who is only 10 is now seeing the same tall black figure late at night just watchin us, im am getting ready to cleanse my house with white sage, is there any tips on what i should say as im doing this or any tips at all would help rite now

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bethany De La Cruz

    I have ALWAYS smuged everywhere ive ever lived. And will ALWAYS continue to do so. It makes me and my family feel SO much better afterwords. My husband and daughter (my husband being the skeptic at first) will even remind me or tell me when he thinks we need to do it again or that he “feels” like we need to. If you still haven’t tried it, I really don’t know what your waiting on. We just got done. I feel GREAT!!! Namaste <3

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mescalero1

    Just was reading through all of this. First off, Vanessa. I know it’s been a year, but so rarely are so many people malevolent towards one person. Maybe part of what you need (if you are still coming here looking at responses) is to find someone else you trust in your life and see if they agree with you that people are watching you. I am not sure how you would know when you are inside that they are watching you. This is something for a doctor to review as maybe you have issues that have nothing to do with metaphysical issues.

    Debra had mentioned holy water from the San Xavier Mission. That is a very old mission in Tucson and has a lot of history as well as a lot of energy. Great place.

    I think old cures and remedies are great but a lot of issues seem to come from within. Empowering your fears can create anything from shadows to poltergeist activity. I am not saying there are not things going on that are supernatural in nature but when your fears take charge of your life, it is emanating from within you, not external of you. When I was a kid, I used to be terrified of the dark and ghosts and devils under my bed. I came to realize that the dark is nice and calming, peaceful. No devils under the bed, just an occasional sock I cant find. I took charge of my fears and they all went away.

    Belief in what you do works. If you believe the cleansing works, then it will. The methodology is a little different. I doubt the sage will know (or the spirits would notice a difference) if it’s around abalone or not so I wouldn’t make a special trip trying to find abalone. You mind is electrical and transmits power. You know when you go in a room and someone is angry and you might not see it in their actions but you can feel it? Well, that is the mind acting as a transmitter and it is sending out the message that they are mad. And you mind receives that message.

    Anyway, good luck to all of you and learn to empower yourself and starve your fears.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment AManda B

    My husband and I sense spirit. We usually don’t have any issues until recently. My toddler has been waking up screaming and crying. He told me that there was a bad man watching him from the corner. I think it’s time to sage this house so my baby boy feels safe. Thanks for all of the info!

  • http://help. patricia hibven

    what if i dont have white sage? can i use another

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment helen

    for the last while back iv notice alot of strange things going on in my house alot of noise i can feel alot of negtivite in the house as if i put some clothes in the dyer at nite before i go ta bed at nite when i wake up the next morning there wet after iv turned on my dyer before i go to bed an i turn off my heating at nite be4 i go to bed an then i wake up at all hours at nite by da heat in the house i get up an come down stairs an the heatings been turned on an my little two year old boy wakes up screaming an crying at all hours at nite an cant seenm to settle down and go bk to sleep and iv notice that things get moved around alot an i find when i go looking for them there in places they shouldnt be am could u help me out please
    thanks helen

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Karen Harris

    Learning how to smudge is very important to me. With life come negativity from those who choose that life. It is nice to be able to clear my space.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ana Cristina

    Can I also use garden grown sage???

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Deb

    Just completed a smudging through entire house. I sit here, reflectand feel a breath of fresh air. Truly feel relaxed.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rosa

    I was told to never to put the burning sage out ourselves, I was told to let it burn itself out..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Natasha

    I followed this sage and intention ritual. Thanks for posting this. I have saged my home for the second time today since the summertime. :)

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  • http://Timetogetitout! Miki

    Its time. my daughter and I are taking our home back from anxiety, stress, sadness and sorrow! It is not us. We are happy people. Time to release the unwanted.

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  • http://Housecleansing Amy

    I’ve never done a house cleansing, but there seems to be a lot of activity in our apartment. It makes me uncomfortable, and seems like the kids have trouble sleeping, although they don’t say it’s anything scary or negative. I’m going to try a cleansing very soon.

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  • Deb wells

    I feel that my step daughter might have something attached to her, as I’ve taken a photo of her with her dad & her face is very distorted but her dads isn’t . She spends quite a lot of time with us & there are always anxiety & tension in the house when she is here. Her mother is a very vendictive women & will cause her ex & myself a lot of heartache whenever she can. Will smudging help cleanse our home from negative energy?

  • http://Errorsinthearticle lonebirch

    There were a couple of errors in this article on Smudging. First, it states that traditionally, abalone shell is used.. This is an error. Although some younger people are using Abalone shell, it is typically used for WATER rituals, as Abalone is named for the Great Oceans. For Smudging, you should be using a CLAY bowl or dish, as CLAY is used in Fire rituals. Secondly, the article says to cleanse yourself in the Sage smoke AFTER you complete the Smudging of the house; but this too is an error. You should always cleanse yourself in the smoke of the Sage BEFORE doing the Smudging of the house. This is intended to clean any darkness away from you, and to protect you during the smudging, or you are left open to having the spirit attach itself to you. So, protect yourself FIRST…. ALWAYS.

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  • Jan

    Yes! I have always had a sage stick in my home and this morning went through the ritual as I was feeling tired and had the beginnings of a cold. Wow! I feel so good now just an hour later – I truly believe it works – though you do have to believe – that helps

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  • maria

    I will do it thank you for your advice very nice and helpful

  • Scott

    Why would I use sage and ask some second class spirit of light to cleanse my house? What I do is ask the Most High God, Who has His Holy Spirit living inside of me, to cleanse my house and protect me and my family. Works without fail. Jesus Christ has all authority in Heaven and Earth. I personally have witnessed His power accomplish things that are physically impossible. Jesus never fails!!

    • Molly

      ^ scrub :/

    • Rebecca Wynter

      The Bible speaks of sage. So you might want to review it and then ask that question.

      • Jane Hall

        I agree!

    • Janice Mary Hugueth

      Then why are you reading about sage cleansings when all you need is prayer and a priest?

  • Rebecca Wynter

    I am so sorry but that’s not how you do it. Do not turn on fans or open windows unless you want your house to catch fire. The bowl underneath catches the lit ashes, so having a fan or window open blows them all over the place (hence fire). Never ever blow out the fire on sage, it’ll go out its self and then you start the smudging process. Gently trace over windows and doors, once that’s done you stand holding the sage in the center of room, it’ll either show you smoke moving side to side meaning room is still not cleared, popping noise and side to side for bad spirits, negative energy and room still not cleared, or smoke that goes straight up to the ceiling, meaning room is cleared and you move on to the next space. Limit the time in bathrooms, and just open closet and briefly smudge in there, don’t want your clothes on fire. You should also start your smudging from the heart and soul of the house, that is your kitchen and start from the right side of room and go throughout the house clockwise entering all your rooms and tracing the windows from left bottom up and all around them, trace bedroom doors also starting at the left bottom, once all those areas have been smudged you go to center of room and look at the pattern of smoke your sage is giving you. Also notice the patterns when your walking from room to room. Gently move the sage over your bed if it’s in center of room. Say your prayer as you smudge. I love this one “I call on the universe and the angels above to remove my home from all evil and negativity and ask that you bless me and everyone in my home.” Continue saying this as you clear each room. Also when your done do not put your sage out in water. NO NO NO. It defeats the whole purpose in smudging your home. Get a bowl and put salt in it l, enough to put the sage bundle in it and allow the salt to smoother and put our the fire. That’s it. Bless you, and happy smudging!

    • Karen Lee

      Thank you Rebecca Wynter…..may I copy this to post to my FB page?

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        • Jane Hall

          I would also like to copy and paste on tsu, a new social media that actually “PAYS” you to share stuff. if anyone would like to join, please use this invitation: But again, Rebecca Wynter, thank you for sharing!!!

    • someone

      informative but your tone was nasty, consider smudging your face

      • Rebecca Wynter

        Yes you should. Absolutely smudge your whole body and definitely your face. Good Bless you and your negativity. .

        • Jane Hall

          I loved and appreciate your post Rebecca Wynter, and “someone” is an idiot ;)

      • Rebecca Wynter

        Dear “Someone” In all seriousness here, how would you know my tone was nasty? I was trying to be helpful to others and prevent a serious risk of fire. The person who wrote this blog, did say a person told her to do it that way. I was trying to be helpful. I’m sorry you feel the way you do about my comment. If you read the beginning (of my so called nasty tone comment)I did say I was sorry, that was sincere. By no means did I ever intend to offend or be nasty. I was trying to help others properly and safely smudge their home.. I shouldn’t even reply to your negativity, I will definitely pray for you.

        • Timothy Kennedy

          I think you had a nice tone. Very informative. Thank you. Forget “someone” they need smudging

        • Jake Jorzak

          You weren’t nasty at all. Very informative. We just smudged our home, it was a nice process. Thanks for you additional information, we will use it next time.

      • Lisa Cunningham

        I also didn’t think her tone was “nasty” at all. She was trying to be helpful with the information SHE knows and uses. Smudging is one of those things where you will read MANY DIFF ways to do it and you have to decide which one seems right for YOU. I have read many diff sites that say TO open windows and fans – AND many that say NOT to open windows/fans?!

      • maureen

        I do think that Rebecca could have been more polite about things but I do partly go with most of what she said to”someone” apart from the bit about standing in the centre of the room because I have noticed from watching this done on tv that the smoke from the sage is wafted into each corner of the room, are you going to wright to that tv station and tell them they are doing it wrong, I don’t think so they probably know much more than you. I do understand that there is different ways of doing this. If standing in the centre you feel safer then go ahead.

        • Janice Mary Hugueth

          I think that she was just being straight forward and helpful. For many people that can be overly sensitive to opinions, perhaps… but in all honesty, no one should take her personal when she was trying to help and get the information straight.

      • Janice Mary Hugueth

        I think you are being overly sensitive because I read what she said and she sounds like she is only being helpful and informative. Smudge YOUR face! You are the one that is being rude.

    • Sally Parkinson

      Thank you Rebecca for your information, I have never done this and am very interested in learning more about smudging my home and my family.

      • Gina Lynn

        Hey Rebecca, I really appreciate your information. However, I just smudged for the first time, and ,according to what you just said, I did it all wrong. Iv DID open a window, because my roommate complained to the landlord about the smoke. And I DID put it out on water. Ugh, I heard wrong, and didn’t know what I was doing. Is this going to create problems? I was raped a couple of months ago, and I am trying to get rid of the fear. If there’s anything you suggest, let me know. Thanks

    • Positive Choice

      Rebecca, I recently did smudging on my home. It was so chaotic and so much negative energy. I did it some what the way I read but I did it first with the windows closed and when I was done I opened up all. I was told to do it again in a month. and now that I read your information am going to follow your instructions. It does make sense about not doing during the fan blowing a lot of ash and smoke does happen. In fact, I did it 3 days in a row. The house is so much more pleasant and calm. I love your prayer also. I also did it because we felt a presence (spirit, ghost) and there was a lot of fighting, arguing going on between my son and daughter and my son and his girlfriend. I was being affected by getting very, weak, depressed and I literally felt as if I was dying. Today I am so positive I, we do not allow or try to allow any negativity within us. I give thanks to God and the Universe and I am truly grateful and content. Your reply was not nasty it was very informative. Thank you…

      • 3Clicks

        Is your house #11 ? Either 11 or if all numbers add to 11. This one of th reasons. I have experience with 3 properties that add up to 11 and all very emotionally intense.

        • jonnyrockyhorror

          11 is the number of the Lord of the abyss
          In kabbalah 10 is perfection 11 is the opposite . and just as the Sephirotic number is the form of all good things, so eleven is the essence of all that is sinful, harmful and imperfect; with the Ten Sephiroth they contrasted the Eleven Averse Sephiroth, symbols of destruction, violence, defeat, and death.

          • Celeste

            That’s scary, jonnyrockyhorror. My family and I moved to a new (used) house in December and I have not done smudging yet. The number of my house is “74”, so does that mean the house has a lot of bad energy? The apartment where I was living before was “88”, but there were many spirits there. Some, I believe, were negative; I was more depressed than usual, I cried often, I was tired all the time. My doctors didn’t know what to do with me. Now, is it possible that the negative energy has followed me to the new house? I was constantly losing things when in the apartment. Today, I have searched everywhere in the house that I had been in the last several days for my debit card and still can’t find it. Does anyone know if the negative spirits would still be hanging on to me? I speak to God, Jesus, Mary, and my angels very often throughout the day. Does praying have any impact on the energy in the home?

      • Heidi Lieb

        I’ve been smudging for years… you can do a combination of both some windows open some close… living in Florida it’s a challenge for open windows… all of them. I usually open one window in every room , as I walk to every room I chant out loud a prayer of cleansing and positive energy. Over time and practice I do a personal one that suits me. I also smudge myself quickly and try and do it on Full moons and the night before the new moon. I incorporate the closing of the full moon to get ride of negative energy since it’s the end of a cycle. When possible I do it the night before the NEW moon, with chants and thoughts, to get rid of any negative energy Since a new moon cycle is to begin. I do it when I can and or remember. When Done smudging myself, I start with the first window I opened and then go around and close each window in order of me opening thanking my spirit guides and whomever for getting rid of the negative energy.

    • Dragyn Phayge

      Rebecca Wynter, that may be how you do it, but.not everyone does it the same way. The fan thing is true, fire bad, but the rest of what you wrote…. it’s not the end all be all. There are many different ways to smudge.

    • Mawloch

      I practice the wiccan way, and as you said “Rebecca” you were only trying to help. I found you’re reply very informative, and not nasty in anyway. Blessed be to you and those you love. Mawloch

    • Nick

      How can you be so sure that this is THE WAY to do it? I know of someone who claims to be able to see spirits in the form of light balls, energy waves, vague shapes of men and women, etc. and they used sage due to a suggestion. All this person did was make little plus signs (or crosses as some people like to say) and said “I’d think this was bullshit if I didn’t actually see these things flying out of the windows.”

      I happen to trust this person and when it comes to the process that you described they didn’t really do this whole by-the-book method. It was just simple. Burn the sage, make the plus signs, clear the room, move on.

    • Robin Weaver

      That’s how I learned how to smudge, loved it thanks!

  • Betty

    Can I use dried safe leaves with burning coals? I cannot find a sage stick!!!

    • Rebecca Wynter

      Yes. As long as it’s sage.

    • Jane Hall

      You can order them on eBay!

    • Janice Mary Hugueth

      I got mine from Amazon!

  • Mike

    You all are right. It is who u believe will cleanse your house will do so. It is the power that comes from your heart that what really cleanse ur house regardless of what you believe in. Anybodu that is a true wiccan knows that our religion is based off of nature and the spirits that drives us. There is no wrong way to do your ritual for cleansing.

  • Toni Hicks

    I am about to do smudge for the first time, I was given my sage bundle by an old friend, whom recently found out she’s a medium. I had a paranormal investigation performed on my home in April when we were told we have 8 spirits in our home, one of the paranormal team said they sensed a spirit around me, my old friend also sensed the same. They both told me that my grandmother protects me, which is why spiritually I never experience anything negative. My friend told me I need to utilize my protection and do the sage burning alone to protect my family, other than the prayer, is there anything else I need to do?

    • jojo

      very cool

    • Celeste

      My mother and father are with me all the time, too, Toni, so I was wondering the same. But you know, when we do the smudging, which I have not done yet myself, we are telling the negative spirits, not the positive or our deceased loved ones, to leave the house.

  • Janet McQuarrie

    Thank you for this helpful “How To” article, and also the additional information provided in the comments section. I have been feeling some heavy sadness which I know to be connected to some limiting beliefs finally rising to the surface. Surprisingly, my boss at work suggested smudging as a way to clear energy at home. I’ve never done this before so definitely needed the step-by-step instructions! Blessings to all who came here to expand their minds and hearts.

  • leopardwoman55

    I use a smudge stick that is a combination of white sage and sweetgrass. I’ve found it to be very effective. Holy water is also helpful. Lining the entryways with sea salt afterwards can make a difference too. I also found that carrying black salt and amethyst was good for warding off some of the nastier entities. However, a basic house blessing may need to be repeated often depending on the situation. If things get worse, or this doesn’t help at all, then it would be time to ask for assistance.

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  • T Diaz

    I’m really glad that I don’t have to open windows or turn on fans because it’s cold outside!

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  • Celeste

    I go to the basement to do laundry and my husband is in the process of building additional rooms there. After I have smudged the main floor, would I have to go downstairs and continue the smudging? What if I run out of sage? Do I have to start the whole smudging process from the beginning using another sage bundle?

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  • Dizzy Deb

    wow so much info i didn’t know about, and i’ve been putting off cleansing my house for months now, and my spirit guide told me to do it about six months ago, but I don’t know if my reluctance has been the bad spirits here or my feeling of being no ready yet. Maybe it’s both but I do feel alot closer to being ready now with all the information you all have given. And Rebecca didn’t seem rude to me at all, actually I felt like she was giggling and smiling while trying to help with more information and preventing a forest fire like smokey the bear but in the house lol. But anyways to get to the point when my guide showed me a vision of doing this in my house i didn’t know what smudging was, I just saw myself with a bundle in my hand smoking walking through the house chanting and a crystal of some kind with me, well the crystal was more like near me than on me, and I felt this was being done for protection even though at the time I didn’t know what from. Well over the last few months i know what from now, I have alot of negative energy in my house now, and found out from where after finally opening up to my children. They apparently have had experiences since we’ve moved here too, at first it was just my guide and a soul that was left here after dying here, but after they played around with a spirit board they brought in the negative spirits, and I think that is why i’ve been getting so sick, depressed, and so much fighting has been going on the last few years. I don’t know much about this stuff but i’ve been trying to find out some information before i did the cleaning because I don’t want to force my spirit guide out, he’s been with me since i was a child and don’t want to lose that connection, he’s helped me too much so i wanted to do this right. Thankyou for all your information and help i think the only question i have now is the salt, a friend said i needed to put salt on the floor of the front and back doorways. Will this keep good spirits out or just bad ones. I have the crystal now too a friend of a friend just gave me a huge one out of the blue after someone just gave it to her saying she was gonna need it, i think they knew it was for me, not sure what it’s purpose is though. And my grandmother told me to put virgin olive oil over each window in a cross formation, which is also weird since she doesn’t watch tv but i’ve seen that done on tv. My guide has said I can’t do this alone, but I don’t know why, maybe you can help with an answer to that as well, but I am very nervous for some reason. I’ve gotten everything i need now I think, just need my courage to be as strong as my faith now. ty again for all your help and God Bless you all

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  • Karen

    I have smudged many places that I have dwelled and most recently have moved into a newer place. It seems after I smudge it is calm for a brief time and then it seems that we get even more agitated and irritable. I enjoy smudging and im not quite sure how to fix this issue. Thank you for any insight you have! Karen

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  • Marcie Martin

    Quit judging people….Only God can judge, I feel she was helping him in a possitive way….Thats why I came here…Thank you Rebecca, you gave me Exactly the info I needed.

  • Ted

    Rebecca – thank you so much for the information and helpfulness. I did not think you were being negative but to each their own. I will say that eight years ago my wife passed away and I finally used the help of a Navajo Medicine Man to do a cleansing on the house – amazing. The spirits were not bad – it was just my wife trying to get released. He stopped by a couple of weeks later to see how things were going – told me to smudge. Again amazing – the smoke from the smudge stick does indeed act completely differently until any spirits are gone. Again I thank you for your spot on instructions.

  • C.J. Brown

    Bless Everyone
    I will be safely smudging my condo this week (I may do it several times this year) as I prepare to eliminate all negativity from my life. I found a lot of great tips in the article as well as the replies here. As I work to bring more harmony into my home? I wish harmony on everyone! <3

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