The art of smudging, or burning particular herbs as incense to cleanse space and spirit has been around for thousands of years and, in today’s world, it is a deeply calming and beautiful ritual to return to.
This simple idea of burning of herbs as part of rituals has been used by many cultures and religions from the ancient Egyptians to the Roman Catholic Church. Smudge sticks are probably most often identified with the North American Indian cultures. White sage and sweet grass were commonly used. Their traditions believed that the smoke of white sage would banish any negative energy or spirits from a person or place, while the smoke of sweet grass would attract positive energy.
Many other plants can be used as well. Plants that are rich in highly aromatic essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, cedar, fir and spruce are all popular choices.
We think that smudging is a lovely thing to do and would make a lovely addition to any Mindfulness work you may do.
Archeus Apothecary Smudge Sticks are made from plants growing at Archeus and are chosen for their symbolism or healing uses as much as for their scent. Everything grown here is grown organically. We always like to include white sage in smudge sticks, then we improvise from there, creating various combinations of herbs used according to the season and the supportive intent we envisage the smoke of the smudge providing.
Combinations of the following herbs are used in our smudge sticks:
White sage - traditionally used in smudge sticks and believed to banish negative energy
Rosemary - a symbolic plant of purification;
Lavender - regarded as a plant of peace;
Hawthorn leaves and berries (depending on the season) - symbolically helps gives courage and is said to stimulate love and forgiveness;
Spruce - a symbol of protection and was regarded as a symbol of the sky;
Oak - regarded as a tree of protection and it is good luck to be given something from the might oak
Mullein leaves - a plant of conviction, a plant evoking self-belief and self-worth.
Mugwort - used as a protection herb and also to increase dreaming (please note: do NOT use mugwort if you are pregnant. Because of this we have two variations of smudge sticks - those without and those with mugwort)
How to use your smudge stick:
Using a smudge stick is very simple. along with your smudge stick you need something to catch any ash, and something to light the smudge stick.
In many earth-based traditions smudging would also be a way of paying respects to the elements and directions. The unlit herbs of the smudge stick and their ash represent the earth element; the smouldering herb represents the fire elements; smoke and a feather used to fan the smoke represent the air element while a shell (such as a paua shell) used to catch the ash represents water.
Quick safety note – never leave burning smudge unattended. It is also wise to place some sand, soil or salt in the bottom of the item you are using to catch the ash as this will act as an insulator. Always make sure your smudge stick is completely extinguished when you have finished working with it.
Quick Smudging Ritual:
This whole process can take as little as a few minutes or longer depending on how you choose to work.
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