I am sure that you have heard of the Ancient art of Smudging or read about it when you have been browsing around on your internet searches.


So what is smudging? 

Smudging is said to date back to the Native Americans. They performed a ritual of cleansing themselves and their surroundings from negative and residual energies.

According to scientific research when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which has been linked to creating a more positive mood.

I always use Californian White Sage as this is what the Native American’s use and if it is good enough for them then it is good enough for the task of cleansing your living area and surroundings including yourself.  You can buy this is stick form or loose leaf. I used to use it in stick form until I set off all the smoke alarms in my house – Be warned! So I now use loose leaf.

The practise of cleansing and smudging is crucial if you see clients on a regular basis especially if you are a healer, massage therapist, hairdresser, yoga teacher etc. Either using Sage or Incense, Nag Champa is my favourite incense to use.


Here is a quick guide to clearing your aura and your surroundings of negative energies.


  • Jump straight to the sage process if you are short of time:
  • Apply Reiki to a bowl of mineral water. If you are not Reiki Attuned then you can set the intention that this water is being used to cleanse your home.
  • Open the windows of all rooms that you are going to be cleansing
  • Start from the bottom of the house and work upwards room by room.
  • Splash the water onto the walls, not forgetting the corners and say out loud that you are blessing this room with love and light. You can invoke Archangel Michael if you have an affinity with him or you are accustomed to working with Angels. Intend for all negativity to be dispersed through the windows.
  • Light the sage and place into it a shell or dish that is suitable for holding heat. Blow out the light and let the smoke waft up and place your hands in the smoke and move it around your aura. Imagine that you are taking a very cleansing shower. BE CAREFUL as sage has a very strong smell.
  • Then move onto cleansing the room with the sage, use a feather to waft the smoke into the corners of the room. Repeating that you are “Blessing this room with love and light. Please remove any negativity and replace with positivite energy”
  • Once you have cleansed the room thoroughly with the sage you can then use sound in the corners of the room. Sound helps to raise the vibration of the room. I use my singing bowl or Tibetan Bells. If you don’t have either of these then you can use your hands to clap in the corners. This will help to disperse any negative or residual energy that is stored there.


  • You can repeat this ritual as often as you feel you the need too. However if you have clients in a therapy room then I would advise you to cleanse after every treatment. You don’t need to do the whole thing but open the windows and burn some sage or incense.


This is the method that I use but of course you will find various other ways of ridding your house of negative energies. As long as you are starting with a good intention to bless the room and dispel of negative energies then find the method that works best for you.

I would love to hear about your experiences and how you smudge and cleanse your house and therapy rooms

Love Jackie xx