The word smudging has two meanings. Both came from the Old English word smeche – meaning something you burn to make a nice-smelling smoke. Here we are talking about this ancient self-care practice, which still exists in many cultures all over the world.
In the Americas, despite great odds, First Nations people have championed the survival of smudging techniques. Tools like the smudge stick from North America, the sahumerio of Mexico and Palo Santo in South America are currently being adopted by people from other cultures whose own smudging traditions were lost.