10 Common Sacred Herbs & Plants for Smudging and Cleansing

Smudging is a simple yet powerful ritual to clear the energy of a new home or office, a space after an argument or even your crystals or jewelry. It can also be used to clear the body, mind and spirit of any negativity by circulating the sacred smoke around the body before smudging your space.

For centuries, people have burned plants and herbs for smudging and cleansing. The cleansing essence of these plants and herbs helps clear stuck and low vibration energies as well as for healing. For example, science has proven that burning sage can help clear bacteria in the air from certain viral infections. The list below is a helpful guide for some of the best known smudging and cleansing herbs and plants that have been used for centuries in Middle East, Far East, South American and North American cultures.

Burning Rosemary is known to to be soothing and it encourages a sense of peace within your space. It also removes negative energy from places and spaces and can be to a sage bundles.

Lemongrass can be used for purifying and cleansing. Lemongrass is also known to have an amazing energizing scent as well which is refreshing and encourages one's clarity and focus.

Blue Spruce is the least commonly used plant for smudging and cleansing. Much like Cedar, Blue Spruce has a very welcoming scent known to used for cleansing, serenity, grace and nobility.

Cedar is a very slow burning and perfect for full smudge rituals. It is known for renewal, protection and grounding. It is also known to be used in combination with white sage.

The aromatic essential oil in Bay Leaves is known to work as a mood booster. The Bay Leaf has multiple uses from protection, healing and calming. It is a great anxiety reducer as well.

Lavender is known to help encourage a restful night's sleep as well as bring peace of mind, relaxation and happiness. Lavender is a unique cleansing tool. When you burn lavender petals along with the stems, the lavender scent is simply increased as it burns. It is often combined with Blue or Desert Sage.

Pine is an excellent herb to burn for cleansing and protection. Like all evergreens, Pine is associated with prosperity and good health. Pine needles have been traditionally used to bless a new home. In Druid lore, Pine stands for persistence, moderation, and self-confidence.

Desert Sage is a popular option to using White Sage, This sage Is great for burning through and through without needing to be relit (as bundles) Desert Sage holds the same cleansing properties as White Sage, but the scent is entirely different. Desert Sage is also used to ward off bad feelings and influences.

With its sweet scent of pine, mint, and lemon, Palo Santo is one of the most fragrant woods in the world. Often referred to as the “Holy Wood,” Palo Santo has been used for centuries as a tool of healing and good fortune. Shamans, saints, and those seeking a stronger spiritual connection with the world use Palo Santo for clearing, cleansing, protection and to heal. Radiance Gifts has a wide selection of Palo Santo based products like stocks, chips, essential oil, beads and sprays.

White Sage is known for its antibacterial properties as well as the traditional value, used by Native Americans for centuries for clearing negative energies of spaces, people or objects. .

Mugwort mixed with common dried sage is called Black Sage and used for smudging and cleansing. Mugwort is used to cleanse, protect or heal. The herbs in the smudge have beneficial properties and help reconnecting with the power of our Mother Earth.