[CEDAR] is first and foremost a medicine of protection. It is often used to cleanse a home when first moving in and protect a person, place or object from unwanted influences. It is used to heighten positive energy, to uplift feelings and evoke positive emotions. Cedar holds the medicine to purify and return balance.
What is smudging?
DEFINITION: smoke created from burning medicinal or sacred plants
TRADITION: Smudging is a ceremony for purifying or cleansing the soul of negative thoughts of a person or place. There are four elements involved in a smudge:
- The container, traditionally a shell representing water, is the first element.
- The four sacred plants (cedar, sage, sweetgrass, tobacco), gifts from mother earth, represent the second element.
- The fire produced from lighting the sacred plants represents the third element.
- The smoke produced from the fire represents air, the fourth element.
Smudging can also ease tension, lift your mood, and relieve stress.