White Sage Smudge Stick
Approximate size is 23cm x 4.5cm.
White Sage leaves are widely used as a cleansing herb, to purify the mind, body and also to purify the atmosphere & to dispel negativity.
How to Smudge
Before you begin:
* Make sure the area you are smudging is well ventilated. This is a health precaution, as well as a spiritually practical one as well, as the negative energy will need an "escape route".
* Smoke from herbs can lead to allergic reactions or trigger asthma or other forms of respiratory distress in sensitive persons.
* Do not use near infants or very young children or people with respiratory problems such as asthma.
* Do not begin using smudge if you are pregnant.
* Never leave burning smudge unattended.
* Place some sand or soil or even salt in the bottom of the container to provide insulation as otherwise the container could scorch a surface it is placed upon.
I do not assume any responsibility for the way individuals burn or respond to the smoke from any herbs. If you choose to burn herbs, do so only in a well-ventilated area, use common sense and moderation. Discontinue use and contact your health professional if any irritation develops.
First, for a total cleansing, open all doors & windows of space to be cleared, providing an "exit" point for all the old energies. (This opening of the windows, etc. is not always necessary, but it is useful to have at least one open door or window whenever smudging)
A long handled candle lighter, match or candle is recommended to light the herbs as it may take a little time to get the herb smoking. Once there's a flame, put it out so that the herb is smoldering, not burning. Wave the flame out with your hand to put out the fire. Allow the smudge herbs to smolder, freeing the smoke to circle in the air.
Smudging is particularly helpful during times of stress, after arguments or whenever you are feeling negative and anxious.
Extinguishing the smudge: Have ready a fireproof container or dish to put the smudge in when you've finished. You can just press it against the bottom of the container. If using a lidded container, just close the lid to starve the smoke from oxygen. Always make sure that a smoldering smudge herb is out before leaving the room where you keep it.
Dried White Sage to De-Bug Your Home
For creepy crawlies in the house, take a good bit of your White Sage (in a fire-safe container that will not burn your hands when carrying it) and burn it in your house going through every room. Be careful of sparks because it smolders like incense does. Waft it up into the corners and pay special attention to baseboards, cracks and crevices and anywhere else you may have seen the unwanted critters. This helps drive them out of your house. They hate the smell. If you have an attic or basement, be sure to smudge there as well.
A Sage Bath
One of the nicest things you can do for yourself is crinkle up an entire wand or one ounce of dried leaves, into your bathtub. Fill it with warm to moderately hot water (don't burn yourself). Then, settle down into this big cup of tea for about 10-15 minutes. It is particularly wonderful after a highly stressful time.
Caution: Should not be used by pregnant women since it can cause a miscarriage.