SMUDGE YOUR SPACENow that you have all your tools and preparations in place, you can begin the smudging ritual.
Open all of the windows in your home, start at the front door of the home and light your smudge stick. Then, begin to move around the home. Move mindfully and with care, walking clockwise around the entire perimeter of the home. Be sure to allow the smoke to drift into even the hidden spaces, like inside closets, basements and dark corners. If there are stairs, just go up or down when you encounter them. Then keep moving clockwise until you meet the stairs again. Then continue to go down or up the stairs and resume the main floor.
Moving around a space like this is called “circumambulation”. It’s a practice that’s been done for centuries in ancient cultures to make a space more sacred. And, if it feels okay to you, it’s helpful to chant a mantra or a prayer that you’re connected to. This is a way to fill the space with more cleansing vibrations.
Some ideal (or necessary) times to sage smudge your aura and/or space would be:
• When you move into a new living space
• When you begin a new job or start your own business
• Before and after a guest enters your home
• Before and after a yoga or healing session
• Before meditation
• After an argument or any illness
• Upon returning home from crowded situations
HOW TO SAGE YOURSELFIf you're interested in saging yourself, you can essentially follow the same steps as above, but the focus will be on your body instead of your space. Stand in the shape of a T with legs slightly spread like you're in the TSA line at the airport. Then, keeping the sage stick at an arm's length distance away from you, work your way up from your feet. Repeat your mantra (either internally or aloud) as you go, envisioning the smoke is clearing you of any and all lingering negativity.
How often should you smudge?
There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to how often you should sage yourself or your space. We are our best guides when it comes to identifying negative energy—so pay attention to your intuition. If you feel weighed down by stress or worry, it's usually a good indication that a cleansing is in order.
Use a heat resistant bowl or Abalone Shell for ashes.
NEVER LEAVE BURNING SAGE BUNDLES UNATTENDED AND FULLY EXTINGUISH.
How to Burn Incense
Providing you have the right equipment, burning incense sticks is a perfectly simple and safe task. After choosing your incense stick, carefully remove it from its box, holding the uncoated end of the stick. Using a match, light the coated end of the bamboo – wait for a flame – then snuff out the match and place it somewhere safe, for instance, on your incense burner. Next, you need to extinguish the flame on your incense, which you can simply do by blowing gently on the flame. The end of the incense stick should now be a mere glowing ember, releasing a soft wisp of fragrant smoke into the air. It is important to now place the stick in an incense burner, which is designed to catch the ash and prevent it from falling onto the table, floor, or window ledge.
Much like incense sticks, you burn incense cones in a similar fashion. First, light the tip of the cone, snuff out the flame leaving only a smoldering ember, then place the cone on a specially-designer holder. Differing slightly to the previous two, to burn incense oils you will need to purchase an oil burner. Once prepared with your burner, fill the dish on the top of the burner with water, before placing in a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil. Placing a tea light underneath the dish will cause the water to evaporate, releasing a scented vapor into the room, of which you can enjoy the relaxing benefits.
How To Yoni Steam
⁃ Pour 4-6 cups of water, bring to a boil in a pot then turn down the stove to low heat.
⁃ Place herbs inside the heated pot - 1/4 of a cup.
⁃ Allow herbs to simmer in a covered pot for 5-10 minutes.
⁃ Remove from heat and allow to sit for an additional 5-10 minutes. (This will allow the herbs to steep & more nutrients will be released )
⁃ Remove the pot from the stove and transfer your herbal infusion to your stainless steel bowl or yoni steaming seat.
⁃ Disrobe from the waist down then wrap a large blanket or towels around your waist to contain your steam.
⁃ Squat over your bowl or place bowl inside and have a seat.
⁃ Relax & cleanse your womb for 20-40 minutes as the steam chills or as desired.
⁃ If your steam is too hot please allow it to cool off before squatting/sitting back over your bowl.
⁃ Once time has passed, if possible lay down as is & take a nap.
⁃ Once done pour herbs/infusion out in the grass giving thanks to the universe.
DO NOT STEAM IF:
You are menstruating.
You are or think of you be pregnant.
If you’re trying to conceive do not steam after ovulation.
You have any forms of contraceptives in the womb; such as an IUD.
You have an active vaginal infection or open wounds.
It is recommended to remove piercings before steaming.