How To Smudge With Essential Oils

Clearing away the toxicity of the past and inviting positive energy can have numerous benefits that can affect your overall mood, outlook, and atmosphere. Although typically performed with smoke, essential oils can work as a smoke-free alternative to smudging and saging.

Why Smudge?

Have you ever entered a space that just felt off to you? Maybe you picked up on some bad vibes or negative energy. Or you could simply be feeling the lackluster energy left by someone else. Those feelings may be a sign to break out your smudge kit.

Alternatively, you may have just moved into a new home, gone through a breakup, entered a stressful environment or just need to clear bad vibes. Bottom line, if your intuition is telling you to cleanse your space, you should probably listen to it. 

If you’re interested in smudging but have a sensitivity to smoke or are inhabiting a shared space (like a dorm room or office), essential oils can have a very similar effect in energetically cleansing a space or room. Plus, they have a number of therapeutic benefits that can enhance your well-being. 

Where does Smudging come from?

The ancient ritual of smudging is a sacred practice meant to clear negative energy, empower intention, purify, uplift, and restore. For generations, numerous Native American tribes and other indigenous cultures have practiced smudging for spiritual and purifying purposes and ceremonies. It’s a practice that deserves a high level of respect. 

What are the benefits of Smudging with essential oils?

Interestingly, there are many different plant materials that can be used to smudge. White sage is the most commonly used but some practitioners burn Lavender, Cedar or Palo Santo. Our Ritual essential oil blend, which we specifically formulated to purify and inspire mindfulness combines Palo Santo, Sage, Clove Bud, and Grapefruit essential oils. 

Another benefit of using essential oils over burning plant materials is that you’ll receive the unique healthful properties of each oil. Clove Bud is renowned for spiritual healing and emotional balance. Palo Santo and Sage can help the body improve its stress response to improve relaxation and calm. 

Although some skeptics may dismiss smudging with essential oils as a woo-woo practice, there is some science behind it. Aromatherapy is a powerful tool against stress and anxiety. A 2019 study found that aromatherapy helped to improve anxiety levels during the first stages of labor (a stressful time, indeed). 

Additionally, one of the main constituents of both Palo Santo and Sage essential oils is Limonene which has an array of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It has also shown promise for decreasing anxiety and stress. This means that these essential oils are actually cleansing the air, in addition to enabling an emotional and energy reset. Plus, they smell divine. 

How To Smudge with Essential Oils

Before you begin smudging, it’s a good idea to consider your mindset and emotions. A valuable aspect of smudging is mindfulness. As you prepare to smudge with essential oils, slow down and pay attention to each small action you take.

As you move through your space, gathering supplies, disregard any distractions by focusing on your breath. It may help to commit to a 5-10 minute meditation before smudging. Additionally, declutter your space to remove any energy blockages. 

What you need: 

8 oz spray bottle

45 drops of essential oil (We recommend Ritual, Palo Santo or Lavender)

6 tbsp filtered water

2 tbsp witch hazel 


Protection crystals (Clear quartz, Citrine or Tiger Eye). 

Fanning feathers

Steps For Smudging With Essential Oils

  1. Open your windows and doors to allow energy to flow freely. It may help to play your favorite music to improve the area’s vibration. You can also repeat a mantra, prayer or affirmation while you smudge. We are fans of “I release anything that does not serve me and am filling this space with gratitude and peace.”
  2. Combine all ingredients in the 8 oz. spray bottle. If you’d like, you can add your protection crystal to the bottle. 
  3. Select a starting area, shake the spray bottle and begin spraying in a clockwise direction. Walk clockwise slowly and intentionally. Allow the mist to release and float into the air. 
  4. Pay special attention to edges and small areas of the room where energy can get stuck. Spray in closets, dark corners, and under furniture. 
  5. Use the fanning feathers (or another fan-like item) to guide the mist towards the windows and doors to help release energy. 
  6. Speak your mantra or pray one last time before you finish smudging. 

How Often Should I Smudge With Essential Oils?

There is really no hard rule about the frequency of smudging. When you’re feeling stressed, anxious or pick up on some bad vibes, it’s likely time to smudge. For your home, it’s probably best to smudge at least once a year. Listen to your inner voice and allow the cleansing ritual to help you reset. 


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