Cedar has a long history of being used in ceremonies worldwide, often as a powerful medicinal form of smoke cleansing, referred to as smudging. This practice is used to dispel negative energy and influences from physical and spiritual bodies and spaces. Its strength has built temple doors, homes and acted acts as a spiritual guardian for many. Cedar is one of the four sacred medicines in Native American culture. When burned in ritual, cedar crackles, attracting positive spiritual guides to dispel negative energy. Cultural teachings & philosophies may vary slightly depending on the region.