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A gorgeously illustrated, essential guide to the energy rituals that will transform your life.
Learn how to cleanse and protect yourself and your space, tap into your intuition, and elevate your frequency through sacred smoke, candle, stone rituals—and more. Neelou Malekpour is here to support you for all occasions, whether that’s: • healing heartache, relieving anxiety, and dispelling bad dreams; • cultivating focus, receiving support during travel, and prepping a space for meditation; or • calling in love, blessing others, and connecting to your highest self.
With The Art of Sacred Smoke, Malekpour is ready to share the rituals that are essential to aligning and calibrating your energy. Learn how to use the natural ingredients she employs in her practices—and in her frequency-raising business, SMUDGED—from rose petals to palo santo, and how to source them responsibly.
At a time when many of us are looking for mindful solutions to the chaos of modern life, The Art of Sacred Smoke offers an empowering new way to connect to nature and to your best self.
About the Author
Neelou Malekpour was born in Seattle and raised in Tehran, Iran, before moving to Los Angeles during the Iranian Revolution. She started Smudged as a tribute to her late grandmother, who taught her to be responsible for the vibrations she put out into the world. She has worked with brands such as UNICEF, YogaWorks, 1 Hotels, Selina, Soho House, Sydell Group, Guerilla Union, Real Dog Rescue, and more. Malekpour has contributed to publications such as New York Metro, theLos Angeles Daily News, Us Weekly, and Harper's Bazaar. She lives in Miami Beach.
Louise Androlia’s work has been featured in many publications, including Vogue, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, and Rookie.
“Ancient techniques of energy clearing have positive effects on our lives today. Neelou’s book contributes to that store of wisdom.”—Marianne Williamson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of AReturn to Love and A Year of Miracles
"What touches our hearts most are the rituals that bring meaning to the smallest moments of our days. This practical guide to the uses of sacred herbs and flowers as medicine for cleansing is perfectly timed and utterly inspiring."—Elena Brower, bestselling author of Art of Attention and Practice You
"Now, more than ever before, we need to be reunited with the sacred, with the light that never went away, only dimmed. This book, these beautiful words, these rituals, sweep in like smoke but stay. These are the miracles in all the mundane I always try to speak of, and Neelou manages to capture them so perfectly. What a gift."—Tyler Knott Gregson, bestselling author ofChasers of the Light
"The Art of Sacred Smoke is heartfelt, easy to read, and well organized, an outstanding addition to the recent explosion in shamanic literature. Beautifully illustrated, the book is a wealth of knowledge, drawing from the richness of her cultural roots and yet made clear and accessible to everyone. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in healing and finding balance through time-tested and practical shamanic practices."—Jose Luis Stevens, PhD, author of How to Pray the Shaman’s Way and Awakening the Inner Shaman
"Connecting to your higher self is something we all should strive to know more about, and Neelou’s book is a phenomenal guide. Whether you are a new student curious to learn the art of smudging or have been practicing for a lifetime, The Art of Sacred Smoke takes you on a beautiful and informative journey."—Kristen Kish, author of Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques
“Juggling family responsibilities and work as an actress/writer/producer, my days can feel overwhelming at times. When I use the smudging rituals that Neelou teaches, I feel a wave of calmness and peace wash over me amid the madness of daily life. I know that readers will benefit from The Art of Sacred Smoke, just as I have."—Kathreen Khavari
"I'm a big believer in setting intentions, clearing space for transformation, and manifesting your dreams. Neelou is a master of her craft, whose divine purpose is to help others. This book of hers is a delight! It's a welcome introduction to the art of cultivating rituals to invoke calm and consciousness while paying homage to the culture she grew up with. Beginning a sacred practice has never been easier. "—Lisa Levitt Gainsley, author of The Book of Lymph
"Now more than ever we yearn to connect to our spiritual selves. Using the ancient wisdom and medicinal qualities of plants, resins, candles, flowers, and oils can deepen us to those realms. I’m so grateful to be able to read further into these modalities with Neelou’s beautiful book."—Shiva Rose, author of Whole Beauty: Daily Rituals and Natural Recipes for Lifelong Beauty and Wellness; founder of The Local Rose and Shiva Rose Beauty
"The Art of Sacred Smoke will light a path to rest and a clearer mind in a thoughtful and practical way. A much needed respite in a busy and noisy world."—Naz Deravian, author of Bottom of the Pot