Mini Smudge Sticks - (Sage, Mugwort and Cedar)
Mini Smudge Sticks, Sage, Mugwort and Cedar
Size: 3 mini smudge sticks approx 3-4 inches (8-9 cms) each.
This pack contains three herb mini smudge sticks of Sage, Mugwort and Cedar.
Smudge Sticks can be used to cleanse negative energies for a person or a place.
In Native American culture, smudge sticks are widely used in special smudging ceremonies to clear negative energies and attract more positive energy. A variety of herbs are used, each with their own specific effect but most often Sage is used by many members of the Neo-Pagan community.
Sage, which cleanses and disperses negative energies, is sometimes called the 'ear opener' because it opens up our inner ears, allowing us to become more in tune with the sacredness of the world around us. Sage can be used before meditation, prayer or ceremony or any time you wish to clear your aura. It can also be burnt to cleanse your house, and is frequently used in Feng Shui for space clearing.
Mugwort (Artemesia Vulgaris) loves to grow in desolate and devastated places. And because of this ability is often seen to symbolise hope. It grows in localised places in the UK such as East Anglia and has long been used by healers. It is common to the over grazed lands of Western USA. Mugwort grows in scraggly bushes. The leaves are a silvery white colour on the underside.
In Native American tradition the smoke of cedar is used to carry prayers to the creator. It is used to bridge the gap between heaven and earth. It also seems that the cedar tree has connections with power and the sun through many varying traditions such as Sumerian legend, Cabalistic lore and Eqyptian mythology. It is often associated with breaking the misuse of power or powerful forces that may be having a negative influence. This does connect further with Native American tradition where the burning of Cedar is used to help banish nightmares and also to release heavy emotional energies such as depression.
How To Smudge
Begin by placing your herbs or smudge mixture into a fireproof bowl or dish. The mixture can burn quite hot so it is important that whatever is used can take the heat without cracking or becoming too hot to hold. Some traditions say not to use shells, as they say the water does not blend with the fire. Others say that to use a shell balances all the elements.
When you are ready, the mixture is lit and helped to burn by a feather or fan. Blowing into the mixture is generally not encouraged as it can be seen as blowing one's own negativity into the mixture. The smoke then rises in a sweet smelling cloud, in which you can wash yourself, other people, your room, the objects you are using in your shamanic practice; the list is endless.
When smudging indoors many traditions say that a window should be open at all times to allow any negative energies out. If you are washing a person, one way to do this is to start at the left foot and to move the smoke up the left leg with the use of the fan or feather. Proceed up the body and around the top of the head, back down the centre of the body, moving the smoke outwards to the sides and around the back. Finish off by wafting the smoke down the right leg and out and away from the right foot.
The feather can be used as a sort of psychic brush with which you wipe away un-pure energy as if it was dust or cobwebs. Sometimes, rather than burnt as loose herbs, the mix is bundled together in a short fat wand often called a 'smudge stick'. The leaves of the herbs are often bound with cotton thread.