Smoke cleansing, also known as smudging in certain cultures, is a powerful tool for sacred and spiritual rituals, whether you’re praying to a deity, honoring an ancestor or loved one, celebrating one of the Sabbats, performing a full or new moon ritual, meditating, or any other important time. While the most common materials are sage and palo santo, there are a variety of different materials on the market or even in your backyard, depending on where you live.
Below is a list of materials that can be used for smoke cleansing rituals.
Depending on your spiritual needs and personal preferences when it comes to fragrances (earthy, sweet, citrus, herbal, woody), you may do well to find mixed bundles or create your own with local, sustainably sourced harvests from your garden or neighborhood.
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Lifts the spirit and attracts positive energy
Heals and protects, removes intuition blocks, especially good for soothing a broken heart
Steadies the mind and promotes happiness
Boosts mood, protects and heals, helps to calm the mind and promote success
Clears negative energy and heals
Welcomes peace and tranquility into a space
Purification and ceremony
Banishes fear, removes negative energies, enhances psychic connections, great for grounding rituals
Increases energy and motivation, also welcomes luck, prosperity, and healing
Enhances spiritual vibrations and drives away hostility and negativity
Connecting to spirits and the element of air, often used for divination.
(Desert rose), wards off negative feelings and influences
Protection and luck
Boosts health and energy, offers protection
Represents love and friendship, helps to soothe the mind and bring peace and joy, great for relaxation
Cleanses and purifies, removes mental blockages, energizes, encourages clarity and focus
Soothes, relaxes, grounds oneself
(Catnip) represents love, beauty, and happiness within a sacred space
Known as “holy wood,” clears negativity and promotes healing
Refreshes and soothes, promotes spiritual awareness
Cleansing, protection, and prosperity, associated with good health and blessing the home
Removes negative energies and encourages a sense of peace and calm
Boosts memory and removes mind blocks
Known for its antibacterial properties, it’s effective at clearing the negative energies not only from people and spaces, but also objects
Can be added to sage or other bundles, adds color and vibrancy, dispels negativity, promotes happiness and wellbeing
Dispels fear, good for protection and promoting long-lasting love
Best for protection and setting boundaries