Smudge Sunday

Do you clean house on Sunday? I always have. Whether it’s catching up on laundry, going thru the stack of mail on my desk or restocking the refrigerator for the week ahead…Sunday is my day to re-set. I shave my legs, change the sheets, and water plants. Another Sunday ritual for me is to clear the negative energy from our home thru smudging.

I cleanse the old energy from our previous week and welcome the new week and all the possibilities it holds. Clearing negative energy and purifying the energy in my home through smudging is part of my weekly routine.

Smudging is an ancient ritual of burning sage to clear the energy around us. Burning sage is an intentional way to cleanse out negative energy and replenish the space with positive, healing energy.   Who doesn’t need a fresh start at the beginning of the week? You can sage as often as you’d like or feel like you need to. I make a point to smudge on Sundays as part of my intentional weekly prep.

Purifying space thru smudging is a universal practice found in modern and ancient cultures. Churches smudge with frankincense, native cultures smudge with sage and sweet grass and Asian cultures often use mugwort.


Latin for sage, ‘Salvia’, stems from the word ‘to heal’. When burned, sage is believed to give wisdom, bring clarity, and increase spiritual awareness. It’s no accident that we refer to wise people as sagely. I’m hoping all this sage rubs off on me.

What do I need?

There are several blends and varieties of sage, so when you’re shopping for one, it’s important to whiff several and find one that speaks to you and your family. I use white sage to smudge my home. I buy it at the natural grocery store, but it’s also readily available at the farmers market or online.


Once you have the sage, you’ll need a lighter and something to catch the ash. I created a smudge set – an abalone shell (as the ash tray) on a cool driftwood stand. My little smudge set is on display on the bookshelf when not in use, and I carry the whole thing around as I smudge to catch ash and embers. It is also common to use a feather to waft the smoke throughout your space. My family has a feather collection.   I use a long feather that appeared at my husband’s feet as he walked out of the interview for his now fabulous job. Good Vibes all around.


Set Intention

Sage burning cleansing rituals can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be, but it’s super important that you set your intention before you smudge. I usually find a couple of minutes to get in the zone before I sage. I sit in stillness and try to feel what needs to be cleared as I manifest my intentions for the week ahead.

Ready. Set. Smudge.

Light your sage at the leafy end until you get a good even burn, then blow out any embers. You now have a steady stream of milky smoke. Once I get my flow going, I walk from room to room intentionally wafting smoke through heavy traffic areas. I also make sure to clear corners and doorways. As I walk through my house, I try not to focus on the dirty laundry I am tripping over or wonder if the homework on the counter is completed. I focus on releasing heavy and negative energy from our space and imagine filling it with positive and supportive energy.

I am careful not to breathe in the smoke directly, and not to fill the area too thickly with smoke - this is not a fumigation, just a cleansing, so no need to go overboard. This isn’t a time consuming project either - I can do the whole house thoughtfully and with intention in about ten minutes.

When done, I gently snuff out the sage in my abalone shell and move on. I open windows and doors for a few minutes to usher all the old out and welcome fresh clear and clean energy in. It only takes a few minutes for the sagey smell to dissipate. It’s funny - my family teases me about this practice – but I know they are conditioned by the smell to know and feel what is happening around them. I can take the teasing – we all know that our home is a light, love-filled place where we all want to be.

Try it. You are sure to notice renewed energy and peace.