Is it Safe to Smudge around People with Respiratory Issues?

I've received several emails about the safety of burning sage around the elderly,  someone in the home who has has asthma and smudging when someone is using an oxygen tank so I thought it was a good idea to add this article to help others. smudging for beginner

Here are a couple of excerpts from my book, SMUDGING FOR BEGINNERS  (available on Amazon) for anyone else who may have the same question.

"Some people are sensitive to the smoke from herbs.  Always follow the direction of your doctor if someone in the household has allergies, asthma or another forms of respiratory issues." smudging for beginner

"Times When You Can’t Burn Materials Using oils and sage in my practice, there have been occasions where I’m unable to burn sage as part of a cleansing ceremony. This is when I rely on the use of oils and sprays in my tool kit. I always have a Smudging Spritz or Smudging Spray in my smudging toolkit, in case I need to smudge without flame.  I use that along with my Himalayan salt and anointing oil to work through the location." 

Additional Information
Per the article, Is Burning Sage and Incense Bad for your Health in Well and Good, Dr. Shapiro says those who suffer from environmental allergies, asthma, or any chronic lung issues may be especially susceptible to mild symptoms brought about by indoor burning—think nasal congestion, sneezing, eyes watering, coughing, or even wheezing.

Please consult with your physician, remove those sensitive individuals from your home during smudging to several hours after the smudging is complete, and or use non-burn smudging materials.

A couple of links I found for you:

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Wishing you happy and safe smudging,


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