Killer Germs Obliterated
Common throughout Native American and Neo-Pagan traditions, “smudging” is the ceremonial burning of various herbs to bless, clear, or charge a space or object.
Herbs are bundled together with hemp cord or string to form easy-to-burn “smudge sticks.” As the “smudge stick” smolders and smokes, symbolically, all negative energy that surrounds its smoke will attach to and dissolve with it. Some people liken it to taking a ‘spiritual shower,’ enabling you to wash away emotional and spiritual negativity that accumulates in your body and the spaces you live.
Some common herbs used in “smudge sticks” are sage–particularly white sage, lavender, sweet grass, and cedar.
Now modern scientific research reveals that the practice may actually have life-saving implications by purifying the air of harmful bacteria.
In a 2006 review published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology titled “Medicinal Smokes” researchers found, with surprising overlap worldwide, medicinal smoke is mostly used to address the following specific organ systems: “pulmonary (23.5%), neurological (21.8%) and dermatological (8.1%).”
The review argued that modern medicine should investigate medicinal smoke as a drug delivery system, owing to the following advantages:
“The advantages of smoke-based remedies are rapid delivery to the brain, more efficient absorption by the body and lower costs of production.”
Contributing further credibility to the clinical effectiveness of smudging is a 2007 paper titled, “Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria” published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, showed that smudging may be one of the most powerful antiseptic technologies ever discovered.
“Not only did the burning of medicinal herbs clear aerial bacterial populations by 94% within one hour, but a full day later, the closed room was still effectively decontaminated”
Even more amazing a large list of pathogenic bacteria were found to be absent in an open room even after a staggering 30 days following treatment, leading the authors to conclude:
“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.”
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