The Spiritual Side of Herbs: Smudge Sticks and Smudging

A smudge stick is a bundle of dried herbs, usually bound with string into a small bundle. The herbs are later burned as part of a ritual or ceremony. Plants that are often used include sage and cedar. Smudge sticks were used in North American Native sacred ceremonies. However, it is all continents that people used to burn herbs for physical and spiritual healing. 

What is smudging and what are its effects?

Smudge sticks are composed of bundles of dried herbs tied together with natural thread.  
Smudging is effective because it allows you to effect the world of subtle spiritual energies using the spirits of various powerful, healing plants. It allows you to wash away all the emotional and spiritual negativity that gathers in your body and your space over time.  It's a little bit like taking a spiritual shower! 

Smudging can be very effective, often banishing stress almost instantly and providing energy and peace. It  can turn your space, and your body, into a peaceful, beautiful temple in which you can rejuvenate yourself and find positive changes.

Here is a list of herbs and their properties that are used in the making of smudge sticks:

Sage drives away negative energies and influence. It can transform energy positively, bring positive change, wisdom and is calming and healing.

Lavender can provide a calming and soothing energy in a chaotic situation. It can attract loving energy, restore balance and create a peaceful atmosphere.

Olive Leaf protection from conflict / negativity, peace offering, protects the home and the family from negativity.

Bay Leaf clairvoyance, wisdom (only one leaf)

Rose attracts love and domestic peace 

Rosemary protection from evil, spiritual healing, promotes a youthful appearance and vitality

Yarrow stops fear / anxiety, gives courage, attracts friends, can draw attention from those you most want to see and be seen by

Pine attracts positive energy, physical, spiritual and emotional healing, brings balance, clears negative energy, increases clairvoyance, compassion, consecration, fertility, physical and mental protection, brings physical, spiritual, emotional strength, used to purify homes and other spaces, the refreshing scent is able to revive people worn out after a long and tiring day.

Watch a short video where we explain how to smudge yourself and home: