Sage Smudge Stick - Large (with free ritual card)
The Power of Smudging
Smudging is the common name given to the sacred smoke bowl blessing. A powerful cleansing technique from the native North American tradition. Smudging calls on the spirits of the sacred plants to drive away negative energies and restore balance. It is the art of cleansing yourself and your environment using simple ritual and ceremony. For thousands of years smudging has been a part of Native American tradition but now its power of cleansing is available to everyone.
The herbs most often used in smudge sticks are sage and sweetgrass. Sage drives out any negative energies, thoughts, spirits and influences. Sweetgrass is used to attract positive energy after all the negative energies have been banished by the sage.
How can smudging be so powerful? The answer lies in the subatomic world of subtle or spiritual energy. Homes and bodies are not just made of purely physical matter; they also vibrate with quiet, invisible energy. Cleansing a space or our bodies with techniques such as smudging clears away all the emotional and psychic rubbish that may have gathered over years or even hundreds of years. It's like a spiritual spring clean!
The effects of smudging can be surprisingly swift and dramatic. The rituals we will provide for you can help you banish stress and attract love, soothe you, or give you energy. They can bring your family closer together and let you adjust to the healing seasonal rhythms of the year. Above all, they can turn any space, however humble into a soothing sanctuary - a place of renewal and happiness.
An age-old tradition
Native North American tradition dates back millennia, and most traditional cultures have old-age forms of cleansing and blessing rituals. Even the west retains relics of them, although we have long forgotten the true purpose behind many such rituals and ceremonies. Incense wafting through a church cleanses the atmosphere just as surely as the medicine man’s bowl of sacred smoke or smudge. The bells that ring out on Sunday are intended to purify the whole parish and lead the community into worship, just as the shaman’s drum can lead us on sacred journeys to the spirit world.
Our Sage sticks come with one free Ritual card which will be chosen at random and placed inside your parcel.
The history of smudging
Smudging may seem a very modern practice and has been used for thousands of years. When you light a smudge stick, you are connecting with a spiritual tradition that originates from the depths of time.
It is impossible to say for certain when smudging began. Many cultures have an old tradition of driving animals through the smoke to kill pests and diseases. Nowadays modern science has proven that certain herbs do indeed have cleansing powers, acting as strong pesticides. Aside from this beneficial and practical aspect of burning herbs, humans have become aware that smoke ascends to the heavens, to the world of spirits, almost as if it were acting as a spiritual messenger.
The idea of purification through smoke is certainly not the sole preserve of the Native North Americans. Most rituals have some element of cleansing, and incense or herbal smoke mixtures are burned around the world, from China, India and Southeast Asia to Europe and the Western world.