Some ideal (or necessary) times to smudge your aura and/or space would be:
Smudging is a practice of burning herbs to embody different energies and cleanse the home of bad ones. Choose your scent and be embraced by the power of smudging!
Listing includes: one ~ 3-4" Smudge Stick
- When you move into a new living space
- When you begin a new job or start your own business
- Before and after a guest enters your home
- Before and after a yoga or healing session
- Before meditation
- After an argument or any illness
- Upon returning home from crowded situations
How to Use Smudge Sticks
Holding the smudge stick by the “handle” end, use a lighter to ignite the tip. Blow out any open flames so that the leaves slowly smolder. Next, wave the smudging wand around a room, person, or objects to direct the fragrant, cleansing smoke. Catch the ashes in a heat-resistant dish. (An abalone shell is traditional, but you can use a smudge pot, incense burner, or even a regular plate, as long as you put something under it.) Smudge sticks can be extinguished in a dish of sand and re-used many times.
White Sage: The use of dried white sage is a 2,000 year old Indigenous American practice. The shamans used dried sage plants on their fires as a ritual of calling upon ancestral spirits.
Blue Sage: A close relative of White Sage, Blue Sage is also good for healing and cleansing rituals. Its soothing, relaxing smell can be used to aid meditation, or burned simply for enjoyment. It’s not as pungent as White Sage, and is more agreeable to some folks who find the strong, bracing scent of White Sage overpowering.
- Spiritual Strength
Dragon's Blood: Once thought to be the blood of dragons that had perished in combat, Dragon’s Blood is really the hardened resin of certain rare trees found in India and Sumatra. It has a natural red pigment and a haunting, earthy fragrance. Dragon’s Blood is used to add potency to spells, for protection, and to create a meditative atmosphere.
Desert Sage: This aromatic shrub thrives in the windswept deserts of the Santa Fe/Taos area. It has skinny, branched leaves and a light brown color. Desert Sage has a warm herbaceous aroma that is a bit peppery (think Bay leaves or Mint tea). It is used for cleansing and purifying, protection, and inner strength. It is said to bring pleasant thoughts and relieve headaches and anxiety.
- Inner Strength
- Pleasant Thoughts
- Anxiety Reducing
Cedar: Cedar is first and foremost a medicine of protection. It is often used to cleanse a home when first moving in, inviting unwanted spirits to leave and protecting a person, place or object from unwanted influences. The smoke of burning cedar is said to attract the good spirits and eliminate negative energies.
- Attracting Good Spirits
- Elminiating Negativity
Pinon: The Piñon Pine is a generous evergreen tree from the foothills of the American Southwest. Piñon has a smooth, woodsy scent that's especially powerful, thanks to its high concentration of pine resin. Its energy is cleansing, healing, and strengthening. Oh, and it repels insects, too.
Black Sage: Used to encourage dreams and visions, Black Sage is an herb of introspection and inner healing. When burned before bedtime, it aids in restful sleep and pleasant dreams. Black Sage is used for astral travel, shamanic journeying, and for protection during such excursions.
- Sweet Dreams
- Inner Healing
Love Sage: A bundle of mountain sage, white sage, and wild lavender.
Yerba Santa: Yerba ("holy herb") is a sweet-smelling plant that grows in the arid hills of the Southwest. It got its common name from Spanish monks who were impressed with its healing properties. Yerba Santa is burned to honor ancestors, increase psychic powers, and bring healing and protection. It is also a traditional remedy against coughing and many other ailments. Yerba Santa grows wild only in certain areas of California and Northern Mexico—a true regional treasure.
Juniper Sage: Juniper has a sweet and spicy "Christmas tree" fragrance and abundant blue berries. Like Cedar, Juniper is probably one of the most ancient plants. Juniper is said to have a masculine, protective energy, and is used in spells of cleansing and prosperity. Juniper berries are popular in good luck charms, while the leaves are often used for smudging. Juniper is best used for blessing a new venture or dwelling, and inviting in abundance.
Red Sage: Red Sage is White Sage coated in Dragons Blood Resin. Dragon's Blood is used for protection, energy, purification, magical potency, banishing negative influences, banishing bad habits, removing negativity, and bringing good luck.
- Good Luck
- Removing Negativity
- Banishing Bad Habits
Lavender Sage: Lavender is known for its calming, peaceful, and sedating effects. It inspires love and relieves anxiety. Because of its irresistible scent and natural beauty, a Lavender Sage smudge is a great choice for your spells of attraction. Lavender Sage is often combined with White Sage for a killer duo. Like a 2-in-1 shampoo, this pair will cleanse and condition in a single step!
- Relieving Anxiety
Prosperity Smudge: Intended to invoke good luck, well being, wealth, and general prosperity. Each stick includes mountain sage, pine, and perfume sage, with each herb having been wild crafted and bundled by the Kimeyaay Indians.
- Good luck
- Well Being