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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!!!

          • Diana Powell

            I was looking at the FAQ on the social site of the link you provided. I was thinking of joining but wanted to let you know before I do.

        • Linda G

          Hi Rebecca….no one sounded nasty at all….my question is…is it ok not to put fans on and can I open windows after….also should I go counter clockwise in each room …thx

    • 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.

        • muneca63

          Your comment was very helpful not nasty at all, I have never done this before. I wanted to know should I cleanse my partner who doesn’t believe in it. I also have a Special Ed son and not sure if I should cleanse him too. I moved to Fl. Oct. so I had done a blessing with Holy Water which it was peaceful, but my boyfriend came and its been nothing but arguing and no connection like we had prior to me moving. What should I do.

        • Althia Waul-Daly

          Hi Rebecca,
          I was looking for instructions as to how to properly smudge and came upon this site. Just wanted to say Thank You!!

        • Tina Lewis

          Your post was very helpful. Pay no attention to Nay sayers. They are just ignorant and don’t belong here.

      • 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.

          • Linda G

            Hi…she wasn’t nasty at all…but my question is…I need to do this asap…I don’t feel comfortable keeping fan on an should I go counter clockwise in the rooms…thx

          • melanie

            I have no harsh words to say about Rebecca, everyone has their way. I personally open all windows and doors to remove evil spirit, and Devil. The Bible says you remove a Devil, 7 more worst than the first will try and settle. I pray at the top off Lungs for the Light, The Holy Spirit. My house was full of Evil, I smudged and after prays shut everything so it could not return, the thick air was gone immediately.

          • Shelley clark

            Good morning!! Mrs Melanie just want to let you know your spirit and soul are so powerful you have encouragedencouraged me this morning I was feeling kind of down probably because of maybe the bad spirit that lives around my house but Reading your comment I am a very spiritual person I am a believer The Book of Psalms how it save my life of things that I have went through I feeling when you speak on the The Book of Psalms pray to the light pray to the light.I believe that there is a reason for everything we do and everything that comes our way we have six sense but sometime we need someone spirited to help us understand I have a question to ask of you if you don’t mind one day fully day lite. I was taking a bath I have pulled my shower curtains back just to have some privacy to myself my bathroom light was on I was sitting in the tub a little light no bigger than a size of a back of a pen eraser it popped up out of nowhere on my walls of the shower straight in front of my face I tried doing everything to see where that light was coming from I picked up things I moved around to see what is a flexion from anything in the shower but talk about the light in all your comments please can you tell me the meaning of that light that I saw and it been about 5 years ago and it still lean upon my heart but in my mind I feel that God was letting me know that he got me he’s protecting me because I have been going through some things thank youyou n god bless you and your high spirits hope to hear from you soon as I spoke to Miss Rebecca feel the spirit that you both have no matter what anyone no think keep shinying and doing the will that God has put up on you to help others special someone like me I appreciate you both have a blessed beautiful day which I know you will God bless.

          • melanie

            Oh, Shelley that is Fantastic, Pray every night and every morning. The Lord is waiting to take your troubles. May the Light of God surround us, may the Love of God enfold is, may the Power of God Protect us, and may the Presence of God Hold Us. Shelley ask everyone who knows what you are going through to pray with you and for you!! Remember From the Fullness of His Grace we have received one Blessing after another. John 1:16. When I pray I start out with The Lord’s Prayer, then I praise him and thank h for the gifts and blessings, grace, forgiveness, and mercy he has given me. I haves plaque by my door, God Blessings rest upon this House and All who Dwell within; May All who enter too be Blessed. I would also find out the history of your house, that might help you rid of whatever unwanted spirit you want to pass over to the resting place they need to be. Keep the Faith!

          • melanie

            I wrote you something last week sorry it didn’t post. By the way my sister spells her name the same way as yours.

          • Shelley clark

            hello good evening sorry I’m just now getting back to your messages but just want to know was that message meant for me bout your sister spells her name the same as mine? That is a special very special namemy grandmother and mother always say the spirits name i meet many peoples and they just love that name.she got to be a very special lady and beautiful to have a name like mine cuz I am a very special person good hearted.

          • Shelley clark

            thank you so much and I will continue to keep praying

      • 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?

          • robert

            I feel what you have been through… I too, have had eppisodes of depression, loss of items, pen, keys, cards. Fuzzy head and thoughts at times. It is all about what your thoughts are nourishing and where your energy is being projected. I have made quite a few modifications to my diet, going for walks while meditating and praying to my mother who has passed to help me and give me strength to get through my days. If you have a Loved one you truly miss, pray to them to watch over you, guide you and protect you. I know it sounds basic. BUT it truly has saved my mind and my relationship here at home. I am Catholic, so I do not worship, glorify or adore people, but prayers to those who have passed to the other side will enrich your heart and Soul. Wishing you the best. Robert Austin, TX

          • melanie

            I believe in The Light, The Holy Spirit. God Knows Jeremiah! He will answer! I have seen a Sign from God Directly. Faith is not knowing if God can, but knowing God Will! I prayed for a Sign one night, life crumbling before me, I screamed at the top of my Lungs, I have Faith,Love and Hope in you God, but i need s Sign you Hear Me. Nobody knew except God, me and my Animals. The next morning I get a text from my BFF, I opened the text and it was a picture of Jesus, it stated God came to my home this morning, but I told him you needed him more. He knows, he planned it, Let God Tske the Reigns, they are his Plans

          • melanie

            I replied to Robert. As Jeremiah states He Knows, meaning God. I’m sorry you are going through turmoil. I have seen a sign from God. One night late, life crumbling before my eyes, I prayed to God, I said I had the Fsith, Love, and Hope but I needed a Sign. Only God, me and my animals knew what I asked for. The next morning, I received a text from my BFF and opened the text and it was a picture of Jesus with his arms out, it read God came to my house this morning and I told him you needed him more. Faith is not knowing that God can, but knowing God will. God Bless and let God take the reigns, it is his plan! God does only give you what you can handle, he wants you to let go, don’t try to control. He wants you to pray to Him, The Lord is our Rock, he is our Protector. I praise him first before anything or anyone. God Bless you and Hopefully you have found some peace.

          • Barri Park

            Be commanding in the name of the Lord . You have that power in his name . I think confidence is a key ingredient . Rebuking evil is done from a position of power , even if in your heart you know you are bluffing . After a few victories you won’t have to fake it . Faith and courage multiply when embraced .

          • Maria A Posada Duque

            Hello Jonny, I’m about to open my own business, and the number in the door is 41-11 what should I do regarding that? Thank you :)

        • Jerralyn Surber

          What would be wrong with the number 11? My apartment number is 1126 and I have anxious feelings about this place and my smudge cleansing didn’t seem to help

          • melanie

            Pray for the Light, The Holy Spirit. Also in the Bible Psalms 140 A Prayer For Protection, and Psalms, 143 A Prayer for Safety

          • melanie

            Open windows and doors, that is the only way for evilness, negative energy, can be removed, as the Bible says a Devil removed, 7 more worst than the first will try and come back.

        • melanie

          Pray for the Light, The Holy Spirit!!

      • 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.

        • melanie

          I agree, I believe in putting possessions out in the full moon to gain positive energy.

          • Vanessa Devall

            She didn’t say that she said she performs her cleansing on a waning moon before a New moon as its best to perform these types of rituals then, full moonlight will also charge your tools For magic spells, Gris gris bags etc . Not havin a go like just saying.

        • Suzanne Worthy

          My first smudging and I did exactly what you said…just now reading this btw lol! I concur

      • Judyth Pagan

        Hi, preparing to smudge our home. Should I do this with my kids here as well. Thank you for all the info. Very informative.

        • melanie

          I say my prayers so loud, and has to be serious. Depending on how old your children are I would go by gut instinct whether your children should be there or not. Follow your parental instinct. Pray for the Light, the Holy Spirit, Psalms 139, 140

        • Vanessa Devall

          Wouldn’t advice if under 16.

        • Barri Park

          I think if it is something that is good for your spirit your kids probably need it too . They are very smart and sensitive too but they don’t know how to say it . I would say yes , kid there .

      • melanie

        You should open windows. If you have negative energy or devil spirit and they have no way to escape, then you just have smell of lavender and sage. As in the bible when the Devil is removed, 7 more Devils worst than the first will try and find their way back..

        • Vanessa Devall

          Look girl I don’t know who you are. It I’m a Christian and a Wiccan and you need to bite your tongue life is never set in stone and things change like the elements and just because he said that then that doesn’t mean 7 will neccessary try and return in this day and age stop trying to freak people out girl…

          • Robin Turner

            How can you be a Christian and Wiccan. That’s oxymoronic

          • showloveNOThate

            Look up Genisis 1:29 . your Christian god told you to love the world that he has given you, and wiccians love mother earth… thats how

      • Jacklynn Mai-Poulter

        Your post about your home is exactly what’s going on in my home… Everyone is fighting and arguing. Even our dog jumped out of the second story window… We ALL feel an old lady’s presence.

    • 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.

      • Beth Glynn Polanis

        Thank you Rebecca Wynter. I have been having trouble with a very evil presence in my house. I will follow your advice! I have only lived here for a year and the evil presence has become increasingly worse.

    • 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!

    • Linda G

      Thank you

    • Steve

      Your tone is condescending.

    • Shelley Clark

      Hello!! N good morning miss Rebecca Wynter. thank you so much for your information I had been trying to do and Google a right way to cleanse my house my home and myself from bad negatively and low energy I laid around all day lately not want to do may not believe this but I rolled over this morning around 5:45 a.m. and my phone was on the page the direction about how to use Sage n the window n fan saying in her comment or he’s. But when I stroll down I seen your comment and it makes so much sense to I’m going to try the way you say to tryI am a very spiritual believerI try to keep safe around my home I went out and bought a couple of the sage other week and it is a sweet sage I don’t know much about that one as much as I know about the white sage so can you tell me a little bit about the sweet sage and if its a good to work with when it come to spirits cleaning my home and myself thank you so much it was meant for me to read this comment I haven’t got up out of bed to wash my face its like the spirit stopped me to read your comcomment. So please if there are any misspelled I am sorry but I had to reply to this thank you so much Rebecca hoping to talk to you again your spirit n soul or powerful. And the spirit of the other spiritual Lady.

    • Ken Harris

      Great description on what to do, my question is, should my spouse and I be together to do this ritual?

  • 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.

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      • Jazz Brown Jan

        mike ur spot on I think ,,I personally think too many ppl take there way and only there way ov doing stuff ,,ego comes to mind ,,its the intention and belief trust that helps with smudging well that only my opinion any ways ,,,love lite and rainbows to all u cheers x

  • 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

  • Denise Lucille

    As a house blesser, I have found it’s best to personalize your house or body blessing ritual. The sage and other spiritual resources (holy water, salt etc) serve a blessed tools to help you create your own personal house blessing ritual. Some use prayers they have grown up with, others use standard sage and gentle talk. It’s more about the energy your put into the blessing using your own resources then anything else. I have products that are infused with Reiki, prayer, holy water and sage/essential oils to aid in a universal house blessing. A wonderful ritual to really take control of negative energy. Blessings, Denise Lucille

    • Bajagirl302

      I agree that everyone needs to do what feels right for them. There is not one way that works for everyone. We are all different. Rebecca gave a great way to sage your home. And if anyone wants to, you can add whatever or take away anything you want. If you have a feeling to do things different, go for it! :-) No one is responsible on how someone else reacts to any comment. It is an inside job. When we all take responsibility for ourselves, what a wonderful world this will be! I love all the great comments here. Thank you all for contributing. God Bless us all. God Speed

  • Holly Staples-Faust

    Why does it seem that no one ever remembers the single most important part of smudging. It is not sage alone used in the ritual. Sage is a clearer yes, however when you clear a space you leave a blank slate for anything to come in. There is not right or wrong way to conduct the ritual, however if you want your home to be filled with light and positivity you should add sweetgrass or another such element to it. Why clear a space if you aren’t going to bring in positivity and light

  • pooOnyou

    lol.. look at all this bs crap… its pathetic and laughable… idiots. just light the shit.. put it in a cup and forget about it…

  • Geniece

    I just smugged my house and for some reason I want to cry I’m very emotional after the smugging but in a good way but Rebecca is true ashes flew every where it even burned my carpet but I will do Rebecca’s way next time does anyone have any input of why I’m emotional

  • Neha Kumari

    in your family to whom you are cleeser and why?

  • Dianne Witmer

    since moving to our house in Florida, I feel like a bad omen. Had herniated disc surgery in November, moved mother down and put her in home, stressful, was in car accident, man turned in front of me and my car was totaled, and now I have another herniated disc from the accident with pain and numbness. a few weeks ago, the dishwasher clamp broke and had water all over the floor. getting new floor this coming week and new appliances I feel like this house is cursed. nothing has gone well. I want to get white sage and cleanse the house. any suggestions? thanks Di

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  • Holli

    I have been told I am an empath. I get so worked up and stressed but someone else’s energy. We live in a 3 story apartment building. The neighbors below us on the second floor have a 2yr old and the parents fight so bad every day to where it always turns physical. The mom even abuses the daughter. There is so much negativity coming from them. We were recently woken up at 3am to them beating each other up. We really we scared someone wouldn’t live through it. My 8 year old son hears this behavior every day. We all hate coming home and unfortunately at the time we cannot afford to move.

    Can smudging my apartment have any positive effects on them? How often should I smudge while living above them?

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  • Lori A Stark

    Do you know after you cleanse ur home, you can and should put up psalms verses at every door that leads outside. This keeps evil outside. We trap an evil spirit in our attic for about 6 years now and yes we should chase it out but it’s not nice to release this for another to deal with. It thrives on negativity and gets you to argue but since it’s been locked away, it’s power is super weak. At first it rattled the door like crazy but I told it ” you ain’t tormenting anyone any more you messed with the wrong person and maybe one day I will let you go”
    It’s still there and no escape. The only spirits that comes here is my last companion, which was a dog I loved as my own child and some relatives that past. Now I just want my relatives to go away as well. I feel like if after life is supposed to be so awesome than why is it to me that they must be so bored to pest me and my new pup. My pup is scared a lot and yes it’s a spirit that freaks her out.
    Now after seeing how it effects my pup I don’t want anything around us good or bad.
    Sad really, if after life is truly that boring I rather never die.
    Just how I feel and tired of being so sensitive to spirits all my life wish I could be normal and not feel them at all.

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  • Yuri Sisson

    Never EVER EVER put your sage out in water! Never!!! :(

  • Debbie

    I think smudging is all about thinking positive more than sage doing anything. Whenever I feel low or things go wrong, I just tell myself I’ve had enough and from here on in, nothing but good will come to me. Guess what? It works. Changing your mindset can have a powerful impact on your life.

  • Mary Spam

    We moved into this house 15 years ago and have never been happy. Cannot wait to move I am going to smudge our home next week. I truly hope to improve our very unhappy lif

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  • keep searching

    Sage, that’s to cleanse your house from unwanted guests right?

  • AlphaWolf KING

    Cleansing with sage is not the answer for demonic, non-human or evil entities! It won’t stop those bumps in the night or the spirit that you THINK you are familiar with. In fact, you could actually upset the balance of the house even more. If you were confronting a Native American entity, do you realize the ramifications of saging the home and placing trinkets linked to Catholicism or angel replicas around the premises?

    • keep searching

      I think if a spirit is with you; appears in the middle of the night but means no harm, it shouldnt be done away with… In fact trying to get rid of the entity might make it feel betrayed and ….

  • John Joe

    after reading these comments,your all on some serious drugs,they have places for each and everyone of you

  • somehistorian

    Good idea to have a fire extinguisher and local fire department phone number handy.

  • JJ

    Can you use regular green sage and let it dry hanging before smudging? or do you have to use white sage? I am new to all this, sorry if it is a dumb question. I am moving to a new house and the person who lived there was very depressed. The house also makes you feel some sadness inside as you enter. From where can you buy white sage?

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