How To Cleanse Antiques

    How To Cleanse Antiques

    I find “smudging” to be the best way of cleansing antiques before I bring them into my house.


    What’s Smudging?

    “Smudging” is a Native American purification ritual to cleanse and balance the aura energies of people, places and objects.

    To smudge, you’ll need a smudge stick which is a densely packed bundle of dried sage herbs. When the sage bundle is lit it produces a cloud of fragrant smoke that you waft around the antique object.

    There are smudge kits available that include an abalone shell, stand for the abalone shell, a feather and sage stick. The feather is used to direct the smoke around the object to make sure it gets into all the nooks and crevasses.

    How Do I Smudge?

    Light a smudge stick. Blow out the flame and allow the smoke to surround the object getting into every nook and cranny.

    Say a prayer of cleansing.  One suggestion is  “I cleanse this (antique object) of any impurities, negativity, or anything that does  not suit or support me or other members of my family.”  Many people speak the name of the “father, son and holy spirit.”

    Some people use crystals in conjunction with the sage smudge stick. Some use smudge sticks with sage and lavender. It all depends upon how you feel and what you want to use.

    When you’re finished, you can stub out the smudge stick in an ash tray or ceramic bowl. Some people allow it to burn out and bury the ashes or flush them down the toilet.

    For me, it’s an intuitive thing. It’s basically an intention to cleanse an object in the purifying smoke. If I have a negative feeling about the antique piece, I’ll smudge and pray until I don’t feel the negative energy.

    I hope this was helpful and informative.

    ©Sharon Harvey  2/2014