Smudging is a cultural ceremony practiced by a wide variety of Indigenous peoples in Canada and other parts of the world. Although practices differ, smudging is used for medicinal and practical purposes as well as for spiritual ceremonies. The practice generally involves prayer and the burning of sacred medicines, such as sweetgrass, cedar, sage, and tobacco. While colonization has repressed such traditions, the practice of smudging has survived to the present day.
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- Don’t leave it unattended. Make sure there’s someone around the burning sage (or any other herbs) at all times. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.
-Keep a bowl of sand handy at all times during the smudging process. It will help you extinguish the burning smudge stick after the ritual or in case of emergencies.