White Sage - Cedar - Yerba Santa
Burn it within your smudging practice to help with your spiritual journeys, and in seeking your innermost self or deep, spiritual cleansing. It is said to strengthen the mind, and lead to trust and inner growth. Traditionally used for enhancing psychic abilities, magical protection, healing and spiritual strength. Excellent for meditation and divination. Smudge Sticks have been used historically by Native Americans and other cultures for traditional cleansing, purification and protection offering.
Sage Smudging is a ritual where the leaves of the Sage plant are burned, and the smoke is directed into and onto areas that are in need of clearing and protection. The idea is that as the leaves are burned, and you speak express your gratitude for it's assistance, the spirit of the sage plant releases it's energy of protection and clearing into the space or onto the object that needs clearing. As the smoke moves through the room or over a surface, the smoke attaches itself to any heavy, negative energy that is within the space, object or being. As the smoke clears, the spirit of White Sage carries with it the negative energy that was once attached, back up to the Spiritual Light. This heavy energy then becomes released, so that it may regenerate into something positive. You can perform this smudging ritual on anything or anyone that needs a clearing.
Cedar is a traditional cleansing herb used by Native people. The spirit or energy of cedar is considered to be very ancient and powerful. In some spiritual traditions, cedar is believed to carry prayers to the heavens and drive out bad influences. Cedar is used for purification and to attract positive energy, feelings, emotions and for balance. Cedar trees are usually extremely old, and this is why they are considered to be wise and strong spirits. For this reason, many people burn Cedar when they first move into an apartment to clean the place of all unwanted spirits. In addition, this herb is also used in traditional medicine, given its numerous health benefits and properties.
Use Yerba Santa Smudges to help purify mind, body & spirit before prayers or other religious ceremonies, to help cleanse the air and purify the atmosphere, and to help remove negative energy. Also good for cleansing stones, pipes, feathers and other craft items. Smudge Sticks burn without the need of charcoal or other burning aids. Just light the larger end, blow out any flame, let smolder, offer it to the four corners of the universe and enjoy!