These are a great substitute for sage and smell so much better. Please note sizes may vary.
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.
We prefer to use Rosemary for our smudge sticks as it grows localy and is mosre traditional for European magical practices (it also smells alot better too).
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.
*During pregnancy, rosemary is considered Possibly Unsafe when used orally in medicinal amounts. Because rosemary may have uterine and menstrual flow stimulant effects, it is best to avoid using it.