A follow-up paper was published in the same journal less than a year later, and found that“medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria.”
By observing the effects of “burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs”on the “aerial bacterial population” in a closed room for 60 minutes, researchers found 94 percent of the aerial bacteria were eliminated. As they noted in their findings, “The ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room.”
Ultimately, the research concluded that in addition to potential health benefits, smudging is a viable, and strong, antiseptic. The final sentence in the study’s abstract states, “We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”
Additional research is necessary, but these two studies are a huge step forward in showing scientific evidence for smudging and other natural alternatives.
Many thanks to Alternative Media Syndicate for a great heads-up!