Shamanic smudging, or just smudging, is an age-old tribal tradition which has been used for centuries to create harmony and peace. There are many different shamanic smudging ceremonies, and different tribes use a variety of herbs for smudging. To define it more clearly, shamanic smudging is the burning of herbs or incense for cleansing, purification, protection of physical and spiritual bodies, banishment of negative energies and creation of sacred space.
You can use smudge sticks (herbs that are tied into a bundle for easier handling), braided herbs and botanicals (like sweetgrass) or loose herbs (like white sage, mugwort herb, dried lavender blossoms, cedar, etc. burned on charcoal or mugwort, or in a firepit).
Shamanic smudging releases the energy and fragrance of the herbs and botanicals so they can heal, cleanse and purify. In general, shamanic smudging can be used in daily life for practical purposes: to restore physical, mental and emotional balance, to shield against negative energies, to cleanse yourself, your magickal tools and your space and to restore you sacred space.