Smudge Sticks are a Native American tradition of burning bundles of dried herbs to encourage spiritual cleansing and clearing negative energy.
They are ideal for creating balance especially after an argument, bad news, bad day etc.
I used to buy these bundles at Whole Foods until I smartened up and realized how easy they are to make at home.
I use lavender, rosemary and sage as they grow in my garden and have specific purposes in my cleanse.
The use of sage is for healing. The smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal the person or object being smudged. Sage is used to 'wash off' the outside world when one enters ceremony or other sacred space. Lavender, This native of Europe is often used for invitation of the spirits. The name may be derived from the Latin lavare (to wash) or livendula (meaning bluish). In ancient times lavender was an important herb used in mummification. Rosemary brings about mental clarity and calmness by allowing you to ’let go’ of any negative thoughts/programs you have been holding on to.
Using a natural string wrap them around the base tucking the leaves in, I used sage on the outside as it had the widest leaves.
Let them hang dry for about a week- more if you live in a high humidity area.
I didn't get a good photo of them burning but just set the end on fire and wave it around or blow gently on the embers. I use one smudge for about four cleanses. I walk around the house, getting each room and corner, with stop off in the bathrooms and kitchen to shake off ashes. Usually just walking around briskly will produce enough smoke, I try not to blow on it directly unless I'm over a sink so as to avoid ash damage or staining. Feel free to meditate on your cleanse or declare your intentions.
I'm also pretty obsessed with Incense
Do you use smudge sticks or incense?