Many people use smudging these days as a means of cleansing their homes of negative energies and spirits, however, recent studies suggest it could be far more beneficial than we think.

Smudging for those who are not aware, is a Native American method of burning sacred herbs to produce smoke. (Native Americans are not the only ones who can or do use this method.) This smoke is used for many different things. Sage is the most commonly smudged herb. Personally white sage is my favorite for smudging.

A recent study published in the journal, Ethnopharmacology back in 2007 looked at how an hour of treatment in the form of medicinal smoke would affect bacterial life. In just one hour, researchers noticed a 95% decrease in bacteria.  The smoke itself maintained air purity for up to 24 hours in a closed room.

The abstract of this study goes as follows:

This study represents a comprehensive analysis and scientific validation of our ancient knowledge about the effect of ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products’ smoke for therapy and health care on airborne bacterial composition and dynamics, using the Biolog microplate panels and Microlog database. We have observed that 1h treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan sámagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room. Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae PV. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris PV. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.

They were able to conclude that the benefits of smudging are completely viable. As you may know, our overuse of antibiotics has caused a huge problem in regards to superbugs and extreme pollution. This could be our answer on some level when it comes to killing off their bacteria.

Conventional sterilization methods often employ tons of different unhealthy chemicals are much less effective than they are made out to be. Because smudging is natural, it is a much safer method to use.

The only issue at hand in regards to ‘natural alternatives’ like this, is lack of research. Because of Big Pharma, little research is able to be done on this sort of thing. Sure, more research needs to be done, but will it be done? Only time will tell. What do you think about this? Check out the video below for more information on smudging.

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