Once upon a time smudge sticks were a rare item found in witchy shops in small artsy towns. Oh, how things have changed and the variety of different smudges that are available is amazing. In case you were wondering, Smudging is a ceremony that involves the burning of sacred herbs, in some cases for spiritual cleansing or blessing. Using scented smoke (such as incense) in religious and spiritual practices is common to many different cultures worldwide, the spiritual meanings unique to the specific culture. I am happy to say that as our world has been opening up to alternative healing and spiritual practices we have lots of options when it comes to our smudging desires and a community of people eager to learn about them.
So where do we start? How about with what smudges are made from. Traditionally Sage (in many varieties) is the most common. You can use other herbs like Rosemary and flowers like Roses to really spice things up. They are called mixed smudge sticks. It’s a smudge with multiple ingredients, combining the aromas and properties of two or more plants. Mixed smudges come in a huge array of combinations, some laced with resins or flowers—far too many to list.
I host a Smudge Workshop and an exotic mixed smudge is what we are going to build!
My preferred ingredients are Sage, Mugwort, Lavender & Rose petals.
To make my own smudge sticks, I use homegrown Sage. Also known as ’True Sage’ or ’Garden Sage’, it is different than the White Sage that is indigenous to the American Southwest. It feels more authentic to me to use a perennial sage that I can grow and nurture from seed in my own field, versus purchasing product that must be shipped thousands of miles. The Latin name for sage, by the way, is “salvia officinalis”, meaning “to heal” or “to save.” ‘Officianalis’ refers to plants with a well-established medicinal or culinary value. Versatile and effective, Sage is suitable for most any smudging ritual; cleansing, healing, protection, meditation, and cleansing the air of unwanted bacteria
Black Sage, aka Mugwort, can be wild harvested almost anywhere that weeds grow. I will show you where to find it and how to identify it. Also known as Dream Weed, it is used to encourage lucid dreams and visions, psychic openness, introspection and inner healing. When burned before bedtime, it aids in restful sleep and pleasant dreams to name a few.
Naturally, I also love to wrap a little dried lavender into my smudge. The color combination of lavender and sage is gorgeous and the lavender smoke makes a lovely scent. Traditional folklore offered to burn lavender to activate its romantic properties of attraction when set aflame. If love spells are your jam, add some dried lavender to your smudge stick!
Recently I’ve incorporated rose petals into my smudge. Treat yourself to a little bouquet of roses occasionally and, before they are wilted, hang them upside down in a dry dark place. The petals of this enchanting flower are known to be potent bringers of good fortune, happiness, and luck in love. So what have you got to lose?
ln our workshop, We learn how to harvest and wrap our own smudge sticks. We will actually be harvesting sage from our field and you will receive instructions on growing, harvesting and drying your own sage. Mugwort will be identified and harvested wild. You will wrap two smudge sticks with a Mad Lavender Blessing to take home with you. It is just delightful!
To wrap this all up my hope is that I have peaked your interest in the world of herbs and their gifts. Also into the art of smudging. These spiritual and healing tools once only known to a few now can be found in just about any New Age store, health food grocers, yoga studios, and of course in our Tiny Shop. But best of all you can learn how to harvest an make your very own with our workshop. I do hope you join us and Happy Smudging!
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