California White Sage (Salvia apiana)
Grown and harvested with prayer by members of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe. This organic white sage is hand harvested on reservation land and hand wrapped by tribal members.
Herb smudges such as these are traditionally burned in Native American rituals. The practice is increasingly spreading among the metaphysical community. Smudge bundles or smudge sticks are one of the means by which people around the world are reconnecting with the power of Mother Earth.
A smudge stick is a bundle of dried herbs, usually bound with string into a small bundle. The herbs are later burned as part of a ritual or ceremony. Plants that are often used include sage and cedar. Using scent and scented smoke in religious rites is an element common to many religions and cultures worldwide. Traditionally, sage and cedar smoke have been used to clear negative energies or evil spirits from a space. This is done through ‘smudging’ which means to burn the herbs while the smoke purifies what it touches. Many people smudge themselves, their items, pets, a room or a whole property to clear out the negative energy.
Set an intention, such as what you are trying to purify or cleanse, and speak this mantra aloud as you begin.
Light the end of the bundle, and hold it at a 45-degree angle so that the flame burns upwards onto the sage. Let it burn for 20-30 seconds. Blow it out, and let the smoke rise and fill the space. Walk around the space or waft the bundle around the object you are smudging. Use your hand or a feather to waft the smoke in the desired direction. Place in a fireproof dish or abalone shell to let it smoke, or press the burning end into the dish, or into sand to extinguish.