What The Fuck Is Smudging?

Alright, so boom check it. We are all on our own individual spiritual journey in search of connection, understanding, wisdom-- you know all that high level, high power, intuitive shit right👀?

If so, I highly recommend that you start to smudge yourself and your space.

 Developing a smudging ritual helps you properly navigate, let go and invite in new energies that help to balance you.



You’re probably wondering: what the fuck is smudging but, don’t worry-- ya girl, got you. I’m about to get into that next.

What The Fuck Is Smudging?

I think some people may say, “you sage it”. But that makes no fucking sense.

The correct term is smudging. And smudging is the practice of burning herbs and resins with the intentions to purify places, objects, and people. It is used to repel negative energies and entities, uplift and invite positive energy and to offer blessings.

In other words, it helps you declutter your emotional and spiritual shit so that you can make room for the necessary.



Smudging Spaces

When smudging areas like your home or your office pay special attention to the corners as energies tend to linger there. Pause in areas where the energies are the heaviest and/or the darkest.

Pay attention to your breath. Take slow, deep ones, clear your mind and release what is no longer yours. Say thank you for the time served and open up your space to new life, connections and blessings.



I usually like to take this time to recite some kind of affirmation or meditation. I recommend you all do the same. So, something simple like:

It doesn’t have to be long or drawn out. I think that’s where people go wrong with affirmations they think it has to be this long “prayer-like” connotation. And it doesn’t.

Keep it short. Keep it simple. Listen to your inner voice. It’s already telling you what to focus on. It's already telling you what you need.

Smudging Yourself

Every morning and every night, I take about 5 minutes to just welcome in the new day and to release myself from it.

In the morning times, I’ll usually stand in front of my window or in the center of my room and in soft circles pass the stick around me.

During this time, I again take this opportunity to speak whatever is on my mind and usually, it is something like:

And before bed, as the day ends I merely just say thank you for carrying me through and I ask for a peaceful night’s sleep.


Cleansing Objects

As human beings we aren’t always mindful of the various energies we introduce into our space on an everyday basis. Rather its new clothes, a new set of crystals, a new couch, just anything that we have no control over where it came from carries the energy of those who interacted with it before you.


Cleanse your shit.



 Sage, smudging and the art of cleansing your aura is all about connection and vulnerability. This is your sacred space. This is your body. These are your things.

Let go and be transformed.

Comment below do you use sage like this? If so how often

This article was written by Goddess Detox's Chief Editor Brianne Patrice

Brianne Patrice is a Brooklyn based writer and content creator. Her work dives deep into sensuality, sexuality, love, loss, growth + the art of becoming. She is an advocate for solo sex and believes heavily in the power of healing through our sensual and sexual self.






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The herbal information for this article was  written by Goddess Detox's Chief Herbalist Alyssa Humann, CH.


Alyssa Humann is our on Chief  Herbalist. She became a certified herbalist through the Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine.

She is a published essayist who’s been featured on HerbMentor. She is a copyeditor with Nick Polizzi at the Sacred Science.

Her life revolves around the passion to bring plant medicine back to the people through education and relationships.

She is a small business owner living in Portland, OR. She focuses on making custom remedial kits for her clients to help them come back into balance as they approach holistic healing together.







  • Posted by Darnecia on

    I have never smudged, but I was always curious on the process and what to do. I was told to watch where and who you get your sage from and these other things that I never gave it a chance. This was definitely a layout for me to start and then I can gain my own process. I enjoyed this plugged and look forward to my first smudging.

  • Posted by LaToya on

    I have never smudged before but I enjoyed reading the article on it. The article was very informative. I’m going to definitely get into smudging to become one with myself and cleanse out any negative vibes and energy. Thank you for this informative information!

  • Posted by Angela Wynn on

    This was usefully to me. I have always wonder what do you say or do as you walk they the space you want to purify. Now I know the proper terminology. I feel a little more comfortable with the process

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