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Cleansing and Smudging

The Results of Smudging: How to Tell if It Worked

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Written by: Tina Caro

Smudging is a powerful ritual involving the burning of aromatic herbs to cleanse and purify spaces and energies.

In this article, we’ll explore what smudging is, when and why to use it, and most importantly, how to know if your smudging session was effective.


Determining the effectiveness of smudging involves assessing various factors.

Firstly, observe the energy in the smudged space – if it feels lighter and energetically cleansed, this is a positive sign.

Secondly, pay attention to emotional shifts in yourself and others present; if there’s a positive change, it indicates successful smudging.

Additionally, an improved atmosphere marked by greater peace and harmony can be indicative of smudging’s success.

Some individuals also report experiencing synchronicities or positive events following smudging, linking them to the removal of negative energy.

Keep in mind that the effectiveness of smudging is subjective and varies from person to person.

What Is Smudging?

Smudging is an ancient shamanic practice that involves burning bundles of aromatic herbs. For various cultures, including Native American traditions, each plant used in smudging is believed to protect a sacred spirit.

By burning these herbs and using their fragrant smoke, individuals seek to connect with these sacred spirits and purify their surroundings.

The word “perfume” itself derives from the Latin “per fumum,” which means “through smoke.” In ancient times, offering scents to the gods was a way to connect with the divine, a practice that continues today in various spiritual traditions.


Determining if smudging has been effective involves observing various signs, such as increased mental clarity, a shift in emotions from heavy to calm, and physical sensations like tingling.

Additionally, an improved atmosphere with a lighter, more peaceful energy and heightened intuition and clarity can indicate the success of smudging.

Ultimately, the effectiveness of smudging is a subjective experience, and it’s essential to trust your own intuition and feelings regarding the changes in energy and environment.

How to Know If Smudging Worked?

Smudging’s effectiveness can be observed through several indicators:

  1. Increased Vitality: After smudging, you may feel more energetic, vibrant, and alive.
  2. Positive Disposition: Smudging often results in a more positive and serene state of mind.
  3. Self-Awareness: You may find yourself paying more attention to your well-being and taking steps to avoid falling back into negative energy patterns.
  4. Resolution of Chronic Issues: Chronic or persistent problems may resolve spontaneously after smudging.
  5. Enhanced Confidence: You might experience increased confidence in your goals and personal resources.
  6. Clarity: Smudging can lead to greater clarity regarding the next steps in your personal journey.

It’s worth noting that individuals who undergo energy cleansing may not always immediately associate these benefits with smudging.

Sometimes, feeling better is taken for granted, but the positive changes are still there, subtly improving your life.

Also read:

Can Smudging Make Things Worse?

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How to Perform Smudging?

If you want to purify a room:

  1. Light the smudge bundle with a lighter or match.
  2. Allow it to start producing smoke.
  3. Move the smudge throughout the room, focusing on corners and areas where negative energy may accumulate. Don’t forget to smudge under furniture and beds.
  4. Direct the smudge towards windows and doors to release any negativity.
  5. Open the windows to allow any cleared energy to dissipate.

If you want to cleanse and energize yourself:

  1. Pass the smudge bundle around yourself, focusing on cleansing your energy and promoting positivity.
  2. To target specific areas, such as chakras, make circular movements around them.
  3. Spend more time smudging areas where you feel a need for cleansing and recharging.
  4. Take deep breaths and speak loving and auspicious words to yourself.
  5. Extinguish the smudge on a saucer when finished and open the windows.

Also read:

How to do the Spiritual House Cleaning? (A Guide)

When to Use Smudging?

Smudging is employed for a variety of purposes, both spiritual and practical:

  1. Cleansing Negative Energy: Smudging can eliminate negative and stagnant energy from your home, creating a more positive and harmonious atmosphere.
  2. Inspiring Courage: It can instill courage, making it particularly beneficial at the start of a new day or before embarking on a new project.
  3. Stress Reduction: Smudging can help reduce stress and improve sleep quality, offering a sense of protection from the chaos of the outside world.
  4. Spiritual Connection: For those seeking spiritual guidance or protection, smudging is a way to establish a connection with the divine or higher realms.
Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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