The plant smoke is used since the pre-historical era in rituals. Now it is still being used as a way of ‘cleansing’ the spirit. A recent scientific study shows the life-saving properties of this process. Its great effect come by purifying the air of the dangerous bacteria.
‘Smudging’ can be defined as burning of herbs and plan resins for medical and spiritual purposes. This is an ancient practice witch is popular worldwide and was adopted by the Westerns.
It is believed that smudging can unlock your inner ‘spirits’ and restore your balance. It is know that with this practice you can wash away the emotional and spiritual negativity in your life.
This act is famous by its name ‘spiritual shower’.
There are skeptics which state that the health benefits of smudging are ‘magical thinking’. This practice has also been accused of being a cultural imperialism. The burning of sage is seen as mimic and co-opt of the indigenous people’s traditions.
Now that both of the opinions are out in the open, skeptics and the Western religious traditions, we decided to find out what is the right opinion and explore what we can find about this thing called ‘smudging.’
The first thing we came across was a review published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. They studied single and multi-ingredient herbal and non-herbal remedies administered as smoke.
This research was conducted in 50 countries across 5 countries and the results showed that the medical smoke is useful for the following organ systems: “pulmonary (23.5%), neurological (21.8%) and dermatological (8.1%).”’Ambient smoke’, type of passively inhaled smoke, is an effective ‘air purifier.’
This review claimed that the medical smoke should be investigated by the modern medicine even more since it has many advantages such as smoke-based remedies that can be easily delivered to the brain and absorbed by the body. Another advantage is its low cost of production.
Smudging as a ‘spiritual’ ritual does not have the goal to ‘kill germs’ or become a ‘new drug delivery system.’ This practice will attain a modicum of credibility since the modern biomedicine only accepts the things which are empirically verifiable and excludes the spiritual things as ‘the soul’ or ‘negative vibes.’
It will receive recognition after it demonstrates that it actually has a useful scientifically proven function such as destroying germs that cause various diseases.
Smudging is one of the most powerful antiseptic technologies that has ever been discovered and we know this from the extraordinary 2007 research that was also publishedin theJournal of Ethnopharmacology.
A one hour medical smoke treatment was observed where the smoke emanated by the burning wood, mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havansámagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India) caused a 94% reduction of the bacteria.
Smudging has the ability to clean or disinfect the air, which can be very important for the health of the environment. The purified air maintained in a closed room up to 24 hours.
Pathogenic bacteria such as Corynebacteriumurealyticum, Curtobacteriumflaccumfaciens, Enterobacteraerogenes (Klebsiellamobilis), Kocuriarosea, Pseudomonas syringaepv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonascampestrispv. tardicrescens were absent in the open room even after 30 days.
This is a real proof that with the help of the medical smoke we can completely get rid of all diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria in the air.
Did you get that?
Smudging does not only exterminate the bacteria population by 94% for one hour but it also effectively decontaminates in a closed room. The thing that makes this unbelievable is that seven pathogenic bacteria cannot be traced even after a full month later.
The modern urban air contains approximately1800 diverse bacterial types, families with pathogenic members included, which can result in finding implications for fighting against an increasingly deadly array of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
This was also acknowledged by the CDC. 1700 different microbes were found on a recent microbiome of NYC’s subway system. This also includes those responsible for Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) and Bubonic Plague (yersiniapestis).
Conventional air methods, surface sterilization and odor neutralization use chemicals which are proven to be 10 times less effective than smudging which can be considered as a much safer approach since it is a natural incense product.
Smudging is known as a cleanser of ‘evil spirits’and ‘negative energy’ and even though this is a primitive projection we can now put a modern twist to it because of its air cleansing properties which are now discovered- metaphorically the ‘bad spirits’ will represent the polluted air.
This does not take away its cleansing properties on the body’s subtler energy systems. Also it does not take away the effect it has on the olfactory system. Medical smokers and its small-molecule aromatic compounds are responsible for the clinically proven benefits of interventions based on aromatherapy.