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Smudging

Smudging ceremonies using herbs, resins, and incense are a custom of many indigenous cultures throughout the world, including North American indigenous peoples. Traditionally used in rituals, purification, house blessings, and spiritual cleansing. The smoke is believed by many to cleanse either a space or the body and aura, drive away negative energy and help reconnect with mother earth. Make sure the room where you are smudging is well-ventilated. Open all the doors and windows. This is essential to not only drive out the negative energies (provide them with a route out) but also as a health precaution.

 

Do not use it if you suffer from Asthma or have respiratory issues.

Do not use near infants or young children or anyone who is or may be pregnant.

Do not leave burning smudge unattended!

 

If you are just starting out with smudging don't be too worried about which instructions are 'correct' or 'work best'. Do what works best for you and 'feels right’ for you. Your 'intention' is a key component of the ritual so be clear on what you want to achieve and keep that in mind as you perform the ritual. At the end of the ceremony make sure the stick is extinguished. You can crush the end in sand or dirt.

 

Make sure the stick is extinguished before it is left alone.

We do not carry White Sage out of respect for Indigenous groups that have traditionally used these materials and medicines in their spiritual and cultural practices, as well as ecological concerns about the unsustainable harvesting of these materials for commercial purposes.

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