Most are familiar with fumigation for pests or rodents. When getting rid of pests, a poisonous smoke fills the area penetrating every inch of the structure. There is no escape for the pests. The same premise is used for personal and spiritual fumigation.
I am not Catholic but have always been fascinated by their rituals. Catholics burn Frankincense and Myrrh, before each Mass, to clear the Sanctuary of Evil, Unwanted Spirits, or adverse energy.
There are 3 ways of personal purification through Smoke, Anointing Oils and Water.
Native Americans, and other indigenous cultures burn Sage, Sweetgrass, or Cedarwood, or other cleansing plants for purification. They refer to this fumigation as Smudging. You can smudge yourself, your things, your home, or whatever you feel needs to be energetically or spiritually cleaned.
Anointing oils work with your endocrine and chakra systems. These oils bring balance to your mind, body, emotions and Spirit through the sense of smell, rubbing them in your skin, or by taking internally.
Anointing is the ritual act of pouring aromatic oil over a person's head or entire body. By extension, the term is also applied to related acts of sprinkling, dousing, or smearing a person or object with any perfumed oil, milk, butter, or other fat. Scented oils are used as perfumes and sharing them is an act of hospitality. Their use to introduce a divine influence or presence is recorded from the earliest times; anointing was thus used as a form of medicine, thought to rid persons and things of negative energy which were believed to cause disease.
Essential Oil Infused Water can provide you with a Personal Mist of change. From Hot Flashes, to Anxiety, a quick facial mist can be the reboot we need.