Smudging yourself and your home have awesome benefits! Removing negative energies from your home will create a more peaceful and harmonious atmosphere for yourself and your family. You can also smudge yourself when you are depressed, not feeling well, angry, or just for your basic good health and well being.
Smudging has been used for centuries by indigenous peoples from around the world from the Egyptians to the Native Americans. Historically, the Catholic church has used incense during Mass and other rituals; the smoke symbolizing purification and sanctification as well as the prayers of the faithful drifting up to heaven.
You can use sage in any space to clear negative energies, emotions, and even unwanted spirits. Sage is inexpensive to buy and can be found in New Age stores or on-line. I have even made my own, which is even more special, essentially for free. In a pinch, I have even used the spice in my kitchen cabinet. You can create a lengthy ceremony or do a simple and quick waft of the sage stick to clear the energy.
The most important thing to do before you begin is to set your intention and focus on what you want to accomplish. For example, "I would like to clear my Aura of negative energies that I've collected throughout the day that don't serve my highest good." See, it's as easy as that. Another example might be, "I clear my home of any negative energies and replace them with peace and ease." There really are no rules. Energy flows were intention goes.
When I smudge, I usually make sure to sage each corner in each room of the house. I will begin in the basement and work my way up until each room has been covered. I have even used a tuning fork after smudging each room to reset the vibration. It really is quite simple and the benefits amazing. Happy smudging.