Using Natural Scented Smoke in rites of Purification of the body, as well as the Home, Workplace or Healing Space, whether through traditional Smudging (the process of using a smudge stick) or burns Incense.
Many Indigenous cultures throughout the world still burn Herbs, Plants and Resins to accomplish the same purpose today. Smudging with White Sage, has been adopted in some variant forms into several modern belief systems, including many forms of New Age and Eclectic Neopagan Spirituality , such as modern Wicca. In Ancient Rome, buildings called "Purgatoriums " were used for the Cleansing Rituals. These smoke and heat filled structures were considered sacred spaces in which the Spirits or Gods lifted negative entities and energies from an individual without interference with others.
In North America, the three native herbs most commonly used for Smudging are White Sage, Cedar, Sweetgrass and others. Blended Smudge bundles can add variety to your Smudging, Cedar has long been used by Native Americans for Ceremonial and Medicinal Uses and is one of the herbs which can be used in a Smudge bundle, Sweetgrass is often braided and dried to create long strands which can be burnt.
In most Aboriginal traditions, a Sweat Lodge is used which is basically a tent or tepee are filled with smoke and heat, it is used as a building within which a sick person can be treated to aid many Physical and Mental conditions.
In some cultures the smoke is taken into one's hands and rubbed over the body to blacken it. This is where the modern day practice got its name "SMUDGING ". Blessings and Prayers for Protection, Purification are said during a cleansing.