The smudging ceremony is a Native American custom, also used by other indigenous cultures as a way to purify the body, aura, energy, personal articles and spaces. Smudging uses sacred plants to drive away negative energies and restore balance. Dried plants that are tied into bundles are called smudge sticks, which are lit and burned on one end. The smoke is used (metaphorically) to wash your hands in the smoke, take some over your eyes, your ears, your heart, and your brain, and then wafted throughout the room.
I decided to make some smudge sticks with plants from my gardens. It's so easy-- literally bundle them, tie a string around them, and hang them in a cool dry spot for a few weeks, or until they are dried out and ready to burn.
If this all sounds a little too woo-hoo for your liking, you can use the bundles as incense.
Herbs I used:
- Sage to promote purification, protection, longevity, and immortality (white sage is typically used, but i used what i had in my garden)
- Lavender for restoring emotional balance, and attracting peace, happiness, restful sleep and loving energy
- Rosemary for mental clarity and calmness
- Cedar for grounding and joy when involved with personal transformation, and it allows you to ‘be’ in the present moment.
- Queen Anne's Lace for clarity, spiritual insight, self-empowerment, and fertility (not only in the physcial world, but fertility of ideas and creative energies). This is not typically used for burning, but i have so much of it, and it has some great properties, so I added just a touch to one bundle.
My bundles are hanging to dry at the moment. When they're ready, I'll give my place (and myself) a good cleanse, and let you know more about the smudging ritual.