Sage Smudge Stick (4 inches).
WARNING: Do not smudge where there are pregnant women (as Sage can bring babies on prematurely). Also, do not smudge near people prone to asthma or epilepsy.
Do not have children or animals in the room whilst smudging. Make sure the sage is completely extinguished when you finish using it and never leave a lit bundle of sage unattended.
Use responsibly at your own risk.
Mystics say the Native American practice of smudging or purifying a room with the smoke of sacred herbs, can help clear negative energy from a space. And the apparent benefits are steeped in science—when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood.
To practice smudging at home, it’s important to be respectful and learn how to handle the herbs according to traditional protocols. When done properly, smudging can be a way to connect with Native American culture.
Smudging is a practice used by Native Americans.’Native American medicines must be treated with reverence, so once you’ve acquired the herbs, clear out a bookshelf or an honoured place in your home that is above waist height to store them. You may want to find birch baskets to keep them in.
Before you begin, open a window or door. Place the herbs in an abalone shell, or a clay bowl, and light them with a wooden match. Then gently blow out the flame, letting the material continue to smoulder. Walk around the room holding the sage safely, so that all parts can be cleansed. It’s good to make a noise life chanting “OUT DEMONS” or ringing a bell when smudging to chase any bad things away.
If anyone laughs at what you are doing, just tell them it’s better to be safe than sorry.