Sage and Sweet Grass Smudge Stick Large
Contains: Pure desert sage, Sweet grass
Size: Approx 7 inches length (18 to 19 cms)
Origin: New Mexico, USA
Smudging: is an ancient art that is believed to have been practiced by Native Americans for centuries. It’s the name given to the ceremonial, daily act of cleansing and purification which uses a selection of herbs, often sage, which are bundled together with string to form a smudge stick before being ignited. The smoke that’s emitted from the herb bundle is believed to cleanse negative energy and purify living spaces, as well as people and even objects like tools, furniture, and home decor. Sage can be used before meditation, prayer, any time you wish to clear your aura, and it is frequently used in Feng Shui for space clearing .It’s also believed to release negative ions, which has been linked in studies to creating a more positive mood .
These ions are also created by the effects of sunlight and water – you’ve probably noticed a wonderful sense of calm when in nature, such as visiting a beach, waterfall or enjoying a walk in the woods .In high enough concentrations, these ions can clear the air of mould spores, pollen, pet odours, cigarette smoke, bacteria, viruses, dust and other hazardous airborne particles. Smudging your home, office, or even your body is kind of like taking an energetic shower, or perhaps even spending a day in the mountains, spending time breathing in the fresh air and scent of pine, which offers a direct positive effect on reducing stress levels.
Desert Sage: covers much of the high desert and plains areas of the Western States of America. As well as being burned, desert sage is often held, or worn to ward off negative influences. Native American tradition says that wherever sage is, evil spirits cannot come near.
Sweet grass: The leaves of the sweet grass are collected during the summer months and dried by natural or artificial means. The dried leaves are then used to form braids made for burning and used as incense. The vanilla-scented smoke is important in many sacred ceremonies, both among native North Americans and some indigenous groups in Europe. It is especially among the native tribes of North American that there are traditions of using this herb not only for religious ceremonies but also to a certain extent for medicinal purposes. The smoke of burning sweet grass was inhaled to treat colds, fevers and also used to keep insects at bay. Sweet grass was and still is considered a sacred plant by many native tribes of North America and is traditionally used as incense in many sacred ceremonies, purification processes, healing rituals, peace ceremonies, and initiations. It is said that the sweet-smelling smoke cleanses the spirit and brings sacred messages to the higher planes of existence. The Native Americans believed that “Wakan Tanka” (Great Spirit) understood messages better if delivered by smoke than those said with words.
How to use your Smudge Stick: Light the end of your sage stick and after it has ignited, extinguish the flame and direct the smoke around the area you wish to cleanse. You may wish to hold a container or shell in your other hand to catch ashes or to serve as a resting place for the smouldering stick if you use a fan or a feather to direct the smoke. You can direct the smoke around yourself, another person, or in your room to clear the energy. To extinguish your sage stick, smother the end and examine closely to make sure the stick is completely out. Your smudge stick may continue to burn if not completely extinguished. A lit sage stick should not be left burning while not attended, and lots care should be used to extinguishing smouldering smudge sticks properly.
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|Dimensions||18 × 4 cm|