The Science of Smudging: This is What Sage Does to Bacteria in the Air

Smudging is a traditional ritual used by people for generations by burning certain herbs believing that they reveal spiritual and medicinal benefits. This ancient practice has become very popular in the modern world as well; people believe that it will clear spiritual and emotional negativity.

There are many skeptics regarding this practice and its benefits, but it has been scientifically proven that the smudging of a particular herb can help with the elimination of negative bacteria in the air.

Comprehensive researches have been conducted regarding this practice and the results were released in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology with a title “Medicinal Smokes”. In the analyses were included many herbal and non-herbal remedies that were burned for specific reasons. The researchers used worldwide data from 50 countries over 5 continents and the conclusion was that the smoke from the medicinal herbs can positively affect the function of the brain, lungs, and the skin. 

In addition to this paper, another one was released called “Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria,” that also confirmed the antiseptic features of smudging. 

The scientific results are indisputable; an hour of medicinal smoke coming from burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs can kill 94% of the bacteria in the air. The effect is very lasting as the air is cleansed and disinfected for up to 24 hours in a closed room. Moreover, this effect lasted even longer when certain pathogens were concerned, they were not found in the specific closed area even after a month.

In this modern world the pollution is on a very high level, and the air is packed with pathogens, in fact the air quality is atrocious, containing up to 1,800 bacterial types, and many of them are pathogenic. Therefore, this ancient method can be very beneficial in the protection against them.

Sage – A Powerful Herb That Cleanses the Air

In the analyses of the researchers sage was able to remove 94% of bacteria in the air.

Here it is how to naturally clean the air in which you reside:

  • Do the smudging by taking a bunch of dried sage, and then twist it into a stick shape. Light one end of the sage and blow it out so that the smudging starts. For an hour you will kill all the existing bacteria in the air and thus cleanse the air.

Being a natural removal of bacteria it should not cause any allergic reactions for people with scent sensitivities. 

For the smudging process you can buy ready-made sage sticks or if you have a garden, grow them, so you will have them always in your home.