According to Science, There Are Many Reasons Why You Should Start Smudging Immediately


It has been proven in the past that the benefits of smudging are definitely real. While some people think those who smudge their homes are mere ‘kooks’ there is a lot to it that they are not realizing.

The practice of smudging is something that dates back to ancient times. It is something people across the globe still partake in to this day. I smudge my home with white sage at least once every two weeks and I can feel the difference.

One study from the early 2000s actually proves that burning certain plants through smudging was able to literally clear harmful bacteria from your homes and areas in which you are smudging. The study I am referring to was published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology and is titled “Medicinal Smokes.” It puts a scientific turn on the practice itself and helps explain why it really does make a difference.

This study looked at information coming from over 50 countries and 5 different continents and found that smoke administered medicinally is mostly used to aid lung, skin, and brain function in itself. These fumes can and do literally work as a sort of air purifier in their own ways. I know this might be a lot to take in, but it is something everyone should be aware of. Regardless of your religion or reason for smudging, there are lots of benefits.

Another study published after this one even found that smudging was also a powerful antiseptic. Yes, cleansing the air is not the only benefit you are reaping. And there are quite a few different things you can use for smudging to get these effects.

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.

Interesting, isn’t it? It seems there is more to smudging than meets the eye and those who do it are not quite ‘kooks’ at all. Do you smudge your home? If you don’t it might be something you need to look into for information on how to smudge click here.

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