Smudge Sticks - How To Use Them & Where To Buy Them
Smudge sticks come in various sizes and are made from botanical and plant matter or a combination of different plant matter; for example a common smudge combination is eucalyptus, sweetgrass and sage.
Smudging has been used for thousands of years by countless religions and societies. They are commonly used in religious ceremonies to bless and purify people or environments. However, with this being said different plants have different purposes. For example some smudge sticks are made for gratitude purposes while others are for manifestation purposes. You'll find a list of smudge sticks and their purposes further below.
How to Smudge?
Using a smudge stick is easier than you think. You simply burn one end of the stick and let the smoke willow onto whatever you are trying to bless or purify. If you're trying to purify or smudge your house - all you have to do it light the smudge and walk from room to room. It's important to hold the desired outcome in your thoughts while you are smudging. If you're blessing or smudging a person it's the same principle. Look the person in the eyes briefly to 'greet' them. Then let the smoke willow towards the person while holding the desired outcome within your thoughts. It's recommended the person who is being smudged also holds the same thought within their mind. Some people also use a feather to blow the smoke but this is not a requirement.
Common Smudging Plants - A Little About them:
Sage (white sage) is commonly used for healing purposes. The smoke can be used to bless, cleanse and heal a person or environment such as a house. There's various different types of sage; True sage are in the genus of salvia including salvia officinalis (commonly refered to garden sage), salvia apiana (commonly refered to california sage, sacred sage or white sage). It's important to select the right sage for smudging as many of the herbs called sage come from different plant families such as the asteracea and artemisia family.
Cedar is well known for it's protection properties. Accordingly to ancients cedar trees become very old (which they do) and with age comes wisdom. Cedar smudges are often used when first moving into a house or apartment. This uninvites unwanted spirits from the premises. The same thing can be done with people, smudging cedar onto a person protects the person from spirits and also rids of unwanted attachments.
It's also important to note that cedar is used for a number of different genuses of trees and shrubs. The common ones are thuja, lidocedrus, juniperus (juniper smudge) and cedrus. Juniper is aren't technically cedars (scientifcally speaking) but are used as cedars by many people in the world.
Sweet Grass Smudge
Sweet grass is commonly referred to as seneca grass, holy grass and vanilla grass. The sweet vanilla scent is proclaimed to be the breath of mother earth. Sweetgrass smudging reminds us of mother earth and it's femininity - mother earth providing us with everything we need to survive and prosper.
Lavender is common and well known across the globe. A native European plant, lavender is often used to invite spirits (friendly ones off course). In ancient times lavender was often used during the mummification process. The bible mentions that Jesus's clothing was laid upon a lavender bush to acquire the beautiful fragrance. Christians believe that lavender is the safeguard against evil.
Copal smudging is common in Mexico due to copal being a native mexican plant. It's similar to frankincense however commonly the sap from the copal plant is burnt. It has a clean, sharp scent that is similar to citrus. Copal, being the blood of trees, is offered to honor the gift given to us by all the trees and tree people of our planet.
Surprisingly at one point in time both Frankincense and Myrrh were considered to be more valuable than gold! It was often used to embalm the bodies of the Egyptian Pharaohs as it is considered to cleanse and protect the soul. Frankincense is very important in almost every major religion in the world and is still used in Muslim, Jewish and Catholic rituals. Frankincense is proclaimed to aid depression and promote clairvoyance.
This tree resin is said to help one maintain a state of enlightenment. It also connects one to the spirit of youth and clears the path of debris that stands in the way of one's truth.
Here at the Hippie House, we love smudging. For this reason we stock one of the largest collections of smudge sticks and smudging tools in the world. We're also always adding new smudge sticks to our collection so it's worthwhile checking back now and again. Below you'll find a list of some of our favorite and most powerful smudge sticks. We stock smudge sticks from around the world however find that the native Australian smudge sticks are the most powerful. The native Australians (aboriginals) were, and still are a very spiritual race and created some of the most powerful smudging combinations.
1. Healing & Health Smudge Stick - Eucalyptus, tea tree, she oak and wattle
3. Gratitude Smudge Stick - Coastal swamp paperbark, pandanus and coastal tea tree
4. Inner Strength & Courage Smudge Stick - Grass tree, bracken and tea tree