Smudging

Safety Notes

BURNING SMUDGE STICKS: Never leave burning botanicals unattended and always keep out of reach of children or pets. Always burn on a heat-proof surface, and safely dispose of ash only once it has cooled.

ASTHMA: Like many other irritants, smoke from burning smudge can irritate asthmatic conditions. If you or anyone in your family are known asthmatics please consider this before purchasing or using any smudge products.

What is Smudging?

Many indigenous tribes of the US and Canada traditionally perform a purification ritual known as ‘smudging’: using herbal smoke to clear the atmosphere of negative vibrations and fill the environment with positive, uplifting energies.

Smudge Sticks are typically bundled wands made of bound herbs such as White Sage, Cedar or Pine leaves, or other sage variations. The stick is lit like incense, allowing it to smoulder and the sweet, fragrant smoke of the natural botanicals to fill the air. Loose botanicals like Sage Leaves or Palo Santo wood can also be used.

Scroll down for instructions on how to burn a Smudge Stick.               

Types of SMUDGE STICKS

White Sage

White Sage is the most commonly used herb in Smudging, believed to purify the mind, body and spirit before praying, and to cleanse the atmosphere. Sage is believed by many to be a masculine plant that can reduce or eliminate negative energy; some place sage at doorways for protection against evil. The scent will remind you of the desert and the sacredness of life.

Scientifically, papers published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology have found that burning Sage can act as an air purifier, clearing airborne bacteria by up to 94% – suggesting that the ancient practice of burning powerful herbal material has strong scientific grounding and medical benefits.

White Sage can be used as a bundled Smudge Stick (instructions below), as loose leaves that can be lit as they are, or as crushed leaves that can be burned on a charcoal tablet, as you would with resin incense.

Cedar

While White Sage is considered to be a masculine herb that offers protection against negativity, Cedar is known as the Mother and giver of life. Cedar is said to be the first tree created, making the trees very old, wise and powerful spirits. Cedar is sacred to many native Indian tribes of the US and Canada, believed to offer protection and attract positive energy, uplift feelings and generally evoke positivity.

Cedar is often used to cleanse a home or space when first moving in, inviting unwanted spirits to leave and protecting a person, place or object from unwanted influences. Cedar leaves can be placed at entrances to a home, or for extra grounding may be placed inside shoes for daily wear. Burned as wands they can be used for protection, purification, cleansing, wealth, healing and prosperity.

Black Sage / Mugwort

The Genus Artemisia is a group of over 200 species commonly referred to as wormwood, mugwort, or sagebrush. Artemisia vulgaris is commonly used in Smudging, usually known as Black Sage or Mugwort. It is also known as ‘Dream Weed’ for its associations as a dream & prophecy stimulant.

The Latin name Artemisia vulgaris comes from its associations as the sacred herb of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon, and so is often linked with women, lust and fertility. In Smudging, Mugwort is believed to be particularly strong, useful for divination and seeking spiritual journeys & prophetic dreams.

Blue Sage

Blue Sage, also known as “Grandmother Sage”, is an aroma to cleanse negativity and hate, believed to help bring wealth, health, prosperity, healing and coolness to your life. Like all sages, Blue Sage is said to dispel negativity. Blue Sage can be used in a ritual ceremony, house cleansing or simply for aroma pleasure.

Desert Sage

Desert Sage (Artemisia tridentata) is best known as the richly aromatic sage that blankets the Santa Fe, Taos area. Its fragrance draws your heart to the wind swept, sun blessed deserts of New Mexico.

Desert Sage’s use as a Smudging herb as a traditional alternative to White Sage is believed to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit, or even a particular place, of unwanted negative energies.

 

Wild Lavender / Purple Sage

While not related to the Lavender we use in aromatherapy (Lavandula angustifolia), Wild Lavender Sage (Salvia officinalis purpurea – also known as Lavender Sage or Purple Sage) is a member of the Salvia (sage) family. It gets its name from its clusters of purple flowers which make it physically resemble Lavender, especially when in bloom, and its similar clean, flowery fragrance. The leaves are rounded, green, and slightly fuzzy like Common Sage, but darken to gray when dried.

Wild Lavender is known for its calming, peaceful, and sedating effects, and may inspire love and relieve anxiety.

Palo Santo

Palo Santo means ‘Holy Wood’ in Spanish. The tree (Bursera graveolens) is from the same family as Frankincense & Myrrh, but is primarily native to South America. The oil was used during the time of the Incas for its reputed spiritual purifying properties, and charcoal from the burnt wood has also been used for ritual smudging. Using the burning wood as incense has traditionally been used against bad energy, or for good luck. Both the smoke and oil have been used for centuries for medical purposes, and the smoke is even used as an insect (mosquito) deterrent.

TO BURN: To burn a Palo Santo stick, light one end until it has caught, then blow out and allow it to smoulder as you would with an incense stick. Place in a suitable bowl or holder, or use an Abalone Shell with a layer of sand or earth as a natural bowl. Palo Santo Chips or Resin can be burned on charcoal tablets as you would with resin incense.

Piñon Pine

The Piñon Pine is an evergreen tree from the foothills of the American Southwest. Piñon has a smooth, woodsy, earthy pine scent that is particularly strong due to its high concentration of resin.

Burned as smudge or incense, Pine is used to help reverse negativity while giving protection against illnesses and negative influences. As a purifying herb it is often used in cleansing rituals or for new beginnings, to remove negative energies from rooms or spaces, as well as people, objects or crystals, and to prepare the space (or person) with fresh intent. It has also been also used for prosperity and money-drawing, and even fertility.

Sweetgrass

Long treasured in Native American ceremonies, Sweetgrass can be found all across the U.S. in wet meadows, low prairies, lakeshores and canyons, and its use in smudging is believed to bring about a connection to the land and the Earth. It is known for its unmistakably sweet aroma – Sweetgrass has a dry, sweet smell when burned.

In smudging, just as Sage is believed to cleanse and clear negativity, Sweetgrass is used to bring positivity; to cleanse and purify, and to invite positive, peaceful energies and spirits into a space or ritual. Sweetgrass tends to be used at the end of a smudging ritual to help bring back a feeling positivity and calm.

Yerba Santa

Also known as Holy Weed, Mountain Balm, Consumptive’s Weed, Gum Bush, Bear’s Weed, Sacred Herb or Sacred Weed, Yerba Santa leaves are considered sacred in Native American and Spanish cultures.

In smudging or as incense, Yerba Santa has traditionally been used for protection, purification and setting boundaries, with a long history of use as an altar offering. It is believed to be grounding and balancing, and can help with empowerment or courage, for grief or shyness, or the release of emotional pain. In the US Southwest, Yerba Santa has also traditionally been used herbally for respiratory issues and healing powers. The scent is pleasant, earthy and uplifting.

How to Burn a Smudge Stick or Palo santo

To use a Smudge Stick, place it in a heatproof dish or abalone shell filled with sand or ashes to keep it upright – use a Tripod Stand for your shell if stationary, or carefully hold the stick against the shell if you wish to move around during the ritual.

Light the tip of the bundle on fire until the Smudge Stick catches, then blow out the flame to allow the herbs to smoulder. Re-light as necessary.

If your stick has become damp or has been in a humid environment it may need to be relit during use, or dried before you use it – try placing in the sun or a warm environment to remove excess moisture.

To extinguish, invert into the sand until the embers are out, and dispose of the ash once it has cooled. As with any incense, never leave a lit smudge stick unattended and take care burning around children or pets.

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#7 INCENSE CENSERS
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So what on earth is a CENSER?

The term sounds a little exotic, but it simply means `a container in which incense is burnt during a religious ceremony`.

Censers are typically used for burning incense resins like Frankincense, Myrrh or Copal over charcoal tablets, though depending on the shape or design, they can also be used as incense cone, dhoop or rope burners, or smudge pots for your smudge sticks.

While resins can be burned on charcoal tablets in a simple heat-proof bowl of sand or earth, adding a Censer to your ritual is a great way to personalise and enhance the experience by selecting a design the reflects your style.

Popular designs include `screen` censers which have a metal grid to place your charcoal in (or over - they can be inverted), or simple bowl types. Some also come with hanging chains or handles, to move around an area while burning your incense. They can be simple and practical or with decorative embellishments like mother of pearl, or intricate engravings.

The majority tend to be made of long-lasting brass or metal, but this does mean that they can heat up with a red-hot charcoal tablet inside them. A simple way to reduce this is to add a layer of sand or earth into the base, which will insulate the burner from the heat. Regardless of the design, always place censers on a heat proof surface or coaster, and ensure you keep little hands or paws out of reach during use!

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#6 DHOOP STICKS
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DHOOP INCENSE is similar to Agarbatti sticks except instead of compressing the ingredients around an inner stick, the ingredients are pressed into a stand-alone mould such as a cone, or rolled / extruded into a long cylinder resembling a thick piece of spaghetti.

Dhoop is often considered purer than Agarbatti as the scent of the burning bamboo core may adulterate the fragrance. However it`s a bit of a trade-off as without the inner stick for strength, dhoop sticks are also more delicate and can snap more easily.

While Agarbatti sticks extinguish when they hit the uncoated bamboo, dhoop burns right through to the base or end before going out, so they need to be burned on a heat-proof stand - many dhoop sticks or cones come with their own simple burning tile/plate, or can be burned in a specialised burner or on a burner box with horizontal metal slats for the incense to lie on while it burns (at a pinch try inserting a stick into a bowl of damp sand or earth, eg a plant pot).

To light a dhoop stick, just hold a flame to the tip in the same way you would with a traditional incense stick. Wait until it`s caught and is starting to glow red, then blow out the flame and allow the fragrant smoke to fill the air.

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ROPE BURNERS AND MORE
Further to our earlier post on ROPE INCENSE, there are a number of gorgeous handcrafted specialised burners that suit Nepalese Rope - ranging from STANDS that hang the soft incense braids over a burning plate, to BOWLS and dishes on which the rope lies before it turns to ash after burning.

There are also multipurpose BURNER BOXES, which are a great idea if you enjoy different types of exotic incense - your rope, stick, dhoop or Japanese koh stick simply lies on the metal bars and the ash drops into the box below for a safe and easy clean-up afterwards.

Of course, like most types of incense, if you just want to try Nepalese Rope out, you don`t need to invest in a fancy burner - simply burn over a heatproof dish, or even on some sand or earth in a bowl.

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FOCUS ON OILS: CEDARWOOD ATLAS (Cedarus atlantica).

Cedarwood Atlas is native to the Atlas mountains of Algeria, and is a pyramid shaped evergreen tree.

Cedar was used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming, and the wood has long been prized for building purposes.

The scent of Cedarwood Oil is warming and soothing, and can help reduce stress and anxiety. It is a slightly masculine fragrance often used in cosmetics.

Cedar`s sedative effects are similar to Sandalwood, and its expectorant properties can help ease respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, coughs and catarrh.

Cedarwood Atlas makes an ideal remedy for bladder and kidney infections and cystitis. Its astringent and antiseptic qualities make it useful in skincare when treating oily conditions, and it also makes a good hair tonic suitable for treating dandruff.

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#5 NEPALESE ROPE INCENSE
Over May & June we`re spotlighting the different types of incense, plus giving away free samples with any order - visit our Australian AQ WEBSITE to find out more.

NEPALESE ROPE is one of the most unique incense types you`re likely to come across, handmade using traditional methods.

Dried herbs and other naturally scented botanicals are finely powdered and wrapped in a thin strip of hand-prepared Nepali lokta paper, which is then braided to form a soft rope-like dhoop stick around 9 or 10cm in length.

To burn Rope Incense, just light the intertwined ends and once it`s alight, blow out the flame to allow the stick to smoulder just as you would with incense sticks or cones. Rest the lit stick in a heatproof dish of sand or ash, in a suitable censer, or over a purpose-made Burner Box that has horizontal metal bars for the rope to lie on as it burns (these also work for Japanese incense or dhoop sticks that don`t have an inner bamboo stick and so can`t be burned on standard incense stick burners).

As rope sticks only gently smoulder, we`ve found that each stick will burn up to 30 - 40 minutes depending on the breeze and burning conditions - as with all incense (or anything burning), the more breeze or wind, the quicker they will burn.

Rope incense is available in a number of different scents, from Buddhist or meditation blends, to classic scents like rose, sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, nag champa, juniper, frankincense or lemongrass.

Find our Nepalese Rope range on our Australian website HERE:

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MORE JUST IN: WHITE SAGE LEAVES, CRUSHED

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WHITE SAGE has been traditionally used in Smudging to purify the mind, body and spirit before praying, to cleanse the atmosphere and disperse negativity – sage is believed by many to be a masculine plant that can reduce or eliminate negative energy; some place sage at doorways for protection against evil. Today, it can be used to purify homes, offices or other spaces; the smell of sage will remind you of the desert and the sacredness of life.

CRUSHED WHITE SAGE Leaves can be used as incense or even with natural pot pourri to scent a room.

Burn the leaves as incense over charcoal tablets or a candle warmed censer, just as you`d burn resin incense like Frankincense. As it heats, the beautiful, cleansing scent of desert sage will be released through the fragrant smoke – use sage leaves as an alternative to white sage smudge sticks.

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#4 JAPANESE KOH STICKS
Over May & June we`re spotlighting the different types of incense, plus giving away free samples with any order - visit our Australian AQ WEBSITE to find out more.

JAPANESE `KOH` differs from Indian sticks in that it doesn`t have an inner bamboo skewer: picture a delicate spaghetti-like stick with no protruding wood. The result is a beautifully subtle, purer scent with less smoke than you`d find with most Indian `agarbatti` sticks. This makes them the perfect choice if you`d prefer a less smoky space, or want to use relaxing incense in a smaller room such as by the bath.

For a stronger scent you can burn a couple of sticks at a time, or even try burning a mix of different scents at once to create your own signature scent.

As koh doesn`t have the inner bamboo stick and burns all the way to the end, it generally can`t be used with ashcatchers or other burners that are designed to have the bamboo inserted into the holder. Instead, Japanese incense like Morning Star comes with its own ceramic burning tile - place the tile on a heatproof plate or bowl and lean the stick in the tile`s hole. There are also specialised burner boxes available, with a grid of metal slats to lie koh, dhoop or rope incense on while burning.

As koh is quite thin, most packs have 40 or 50 sticks which means plenty of burning time per pack.

Find our Japanese Incense range on our Australian website HERE:

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