Ancient people believed that every plant possesses a sacred spirit which goes far beyond its physical form. This belief led to plants being used for cleansing, healing, guidance, protection, community building, religious ceremonies and personal exploration.
As you can see, the use of plants for these purposes is not a new idea or a hipster mumbo – jumbo – it has been going on for millennia.
The power of smudging
A smudge stick is a bundle of dried herbs used in rituals or ceremonies. The process of smudging uses burning plants and their smoke to cleanse or heal a certain area or person.
As Jane Alexander wrote in her book “The Smudgings and Blessings Book”, it can help us:
- Clear negative energy;
- Leave old relationships behind and go forward;
- Relieve stress;
- Celebrate different seasons;
- Start your day positively;
- Fall into the dream world and sleep better.
Different cultures and religions have been burning certain plants that are believed to carry prayer to the heavens.
What plants are usually used for smudge sticks?
The common smudging plants are sage, peppermint, yarrow, lemon balm, cedar, pine needles, sweet grass, mugwort, juniper, holy basil, rose petals, mullein and many more.
How to make smudge sticks?
Cut the branches of the plant first, then measure a piece of thin cord – it should be 4 times the length of the branches. Now, bundle the branches together and wrap the cord tightly around them, work your way up and go back down once your reach the tip. Tie the ends together at the base, then trim the edges to make the bundle look nice. Now, put the stick in a basket and use it for 7-10 days before replacing it with a new one.
How to smudge?
Light the tip with a match, and once you notice steady flame, blow on it so it starts smoldering and smoking. Fan the smoke all over your body and room with a hand or feather. We suggest using personally picked herbs – if you can’t do it on your own, you can find smudge sticks online.
Of course, the method might not work for anyone. It shouldn’t be considered a cure-all, and we suggest consulting with your doctor before trying the treatment.
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