A smudge stick is a bundle of dried herb, most commonly green or white sage, often with other herbs bundled in for extra healing and protective properties. They have a strong, pleasant aroma when burnt. By "smudging" a person, object or room, it is said that any bad energies are carried away by the smoke. Sweetgrass braids are burned in the same fashion and are often burned alongside sage sticks, and are also burned afterwards to maintain positive energies.
"Smudging" is the common name given to a powerful cleansing technique
from the Native American tradition; however, the burning of herbs for
emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification is a common practice
among many religious, healing, and spiritual traditions. It is a
ceremonial way to cleanse a person, place or an object of negative
energies or influences. It is also an effective method for energizing or
blessing a person, place or object.
Smudging can be useful when you're feeling depressed, angry,
resentful, unwell or after you have had an argument with someone. It is
common to smudge yourself, the space and all the guests or participants
before a ritual or ceremony or celebration. You can smudge your home or
work space as part of a general spiritual housecleaning, and you can
cleanse crystals or other objects of any negative or lingering energy
with a smudging ritual.
If you have any questions on how to use sage, sweetgrass, smudge woods, and herbs, please let us know.