Smudge Sticks – Natural Fighter against Negative Energy and Stress

When we are under stress we often take herbal tea to calm us down little bit! All plants possess a sacred spirit…a spirit that actually goes well beyond, and vibrates deeper, than its physical constituents. We use almost every plant for mental, emotional, physical or spiritual healing.

We use them in different form: one of their forms is when we burn them!

The Power of Smudging

There are millions ways of herbal preparations but did you try burning plants? It’s called smudging and has become one of the most powerful ways to experience their blessing.

Smudging has in fact the practical ability to help us:

  • wake up and greet the day full of confidence, energy, reducing stress and giving hope
  • clear away all negative energy in a space (for example in a home you’ve just moved into, a space in which an argument has taken place etc.}
  • celebrate different times of the year
  • ease into the world of sweet dreams and deep, invigorating sleep
  • bathe away stress
  • leave old relationships behind and move on to new ones

Likewise, many cultures and religious structures believe the smoke of burning plants actually carry prayers to the heavens.

Smudging is a process which involves burning of herbs that are bundled, braided, or loose (for our purposes today we are taking about bundling, creating smudge sticks). But no matter if the herbs are bundled, braided, or loose…the process for smudging remains the same — smoke is fanned across the body  or around a space for its intended purpose .

Smudge Sticks

What Plants Are Available For Making Of Smudge Sticks?

To make smudge sticks we use plants to:

  • sage (many varieties such as garden sage and white sage) — negative energy clearing
  • sagebrush — to treat wounds + headaches + colds
  • cedar leaf — cleansing and purification
  • pine needles — purification and cleansing
  • balsam fir — cleansing and purification
  • sweetgrass — healing + purification + brings positive energy {perfect to burn after smudging with a more potent energy cleanser}
  • mugwort —purification + calming and lucid dreaming
  • juniper — purification and cleansing
  • holy basil (tulsi) — purification and calming
  • rosemary — protection
  • lavender — calming
  • mullein — cleansing sickrooms + heals/improves respiratory function
  • rose petals — attracts love + meditation and calming
  • desert chaparral — release us from negative energy + protection + calm
  • peppermint — protection and healing
  • yarrow —toxins eliminator from the body
  • lemon balm — spiritual cleansing and calm

We highly recommend, when considering what plants to use in making your smudge sticks…look around, see what grows near yo and simply use it!

How To Make Smudge Sticks against Stress

  1. Cut the branches of the plant material you are using into 8-10 inch lengths. (It’s great to allow freshly cut branches to wilt for a day or overnight before beginning the next step.)
  2. Measure a piece of thin cord(I like to use this hemp cord, but cotton is just as good.) 4 times the length of the cut branches.
  3. Bundle the branches together (to your desired thickness).
  4. With the tips of the branches pointing down, begin wrapping the cord tightly around the base of your bundle.
  5. Then, wrap the cord around the bundle (while firmly pressing the plant material together) working your way to the tip of the branches.
  6. When you reach the tip, begin working your way back down toward the base.
  7. Tie the two ends of the cord together at the base.
  8. If you’d like to make it look all nice and neat, just trim the edges.
  9. Set the smudge stick to dry in a basket or on a drying screen for about 7-10 days (or as long as necessary).
  10.  Enjoy

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How To Smudge

Light the tip of the smudge stick with a lighter or candle. Once the smudge stick has a steady flame, blow it out so it is smoldering and smoking. We prefer to use an abalone shell — but a bowl or any other fire-safe receptacle will do — to hold under the smudge stick. Fan the smoke over the body and/or throughout your space, using your hand or a feather.

 

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