Desert Sage/Cedar/Sweet Grass Smudge Stick
Desert sage (artemesia tridentata) covers much of the high desert and plains areas of the Western States of America. As well as being burned, desert sage is often held, worn or kept with sacred objects to ward off negative influences. Native American tradition says that wherever sage is, evil spirits cannot enter.
In Native American tradition 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.
Sweetgrass has similar properties to sage, popularly being used as a purifier of places, objects and people to encourage positive energy and dispel old and negative vibes. Belief has it that when sweetgrass is burned, a prayer is sent to heaven on the smoke. Its properties make it ideal for using in quiet moments of contemplation, as well as when wanting to create an air of purification.
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.