Smoke Smudging Kills Harmful Bacteria, Study Finds

The ancient practice of smudging is a powerful cleansing technique where certain herbs are bundled together and burned to restore balance and ease to an individual or group, a sort of ‘spiritual shower’ said to wash away spiritual and emotional negativity. Traditional smudging bundles most commonly consist of a combination of white sage, sweetgrass, cedar, and mugwort. While smoke therapy has had a place in many early civilizations, it has only been during the last hundred years that the West has begun to adopt these age old practices, or more accurately re-adopt. Many skeptics call into question the efficacy of smudging and believe that any health benefits of attributed to the practice is a reflection of ‘magical thinking,’ however, modern science continues to uncover evidence that proves otherwise.


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