Cedar Smudge Stick
Cedar bundles from Oregon
These bundles average about 8 inches long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Cedar is often used in the sweat lodge ceremony. A few pinches are thrown on the red-hot rocks, immediately sparking into a yellow glow and releasing their aroma. The smoke of burning cedar is said to attract the good spirits and eliminate negative energies.Cedar is used to carry prayers to the creator. It is used to bridge the gap between heaven and earth. It also seems that the cedar tree has connections with power and the sun through many varying traditions such as Sumerian legend, Cabalistic lore and Eqyptian mythology. It is often associated with breaking the misuse of power or powerful forces that may be having a negative influence.
Hold the smudge stick over an open flame, tilting the end down at a 45 degree angle. Once lit, let the wood burn visibly for approximately 20 seconds, relighting as necessary.
Blow out the Smudge stick and allow to smolder. If it is difficult to light we recommend untying the string and unraveling it a little bit. Sometimes the sage bundle can be tight and doesn’t leave much room for oxygen to ignite the flame.
Smudging is an ancient form of ritual alchemy used to change, shift, and transform using the element of air. Smoke from dried sage and other sacred plants change the ionic composition of the air and reduce your stress response and any negativity. It’s like taking an energetic shower when you take the time to smudge your sacred spaces, home, office, and your body.