Culture and Spirituality

How-to Smudge


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You can smudge and pray any time of the day

Use a flat rock, an abalone shell, a cast iron pan, or ceramic bowl to hold your medicine. Smudge medicines include sweetgrass, sage, cedar, or diamond willow fungus.

Keep your medicine in a clean place. When lighting your smudge, use matches and do not blow on your medicine. Instead, use a feather or your hand to get the smoke going.

Remove jewelry and glasses,

turn off cell phone and put it aside.


Hands first

Ceremonial items

Mouth to speak good things

Eyes to see good things

Ears to hear good things

Head to think good things

Heart for love and acceptance of others

Say your prayer and send it to Creator with the smoke from the smudge

Want to know more about wellness? Check out BearPaw Media and Education’s Wellness Guide for Indigenous Families

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