Pure desert sage, Pinon Pine
Size: Approx 7 inches length (17.5 cms)
Smudging, the ritual burning of sage, is done to clear a space or person of negative energies. If your home feels stale or sad, if an argument has taken place and the air still hums with anger, if an unpleasant energy lingers after a visitor – these are times to smudge. One may also smudge one’s self to banish anger, ailment, sadness or illness.
Desert Sage: 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, or worn to ward off negative influences. Native American tradition says that wherever sage is, evil spirits cannot come near.
Pinon: has an especially fresh and aromatically pleasant pine fragrance. The Pinyon Pine Tree is native to Mexico and the South Western region of the United States. Aromatically, the oil is crisp and fresh. We tend to think of the pine, spruce and fir oils as being most appropriate for Christmas and winter, but the fresh outdoor aroma of Pinyon Pine Oil is well suited for use year round. Pinyon Pine is a balancing in that it provides a gentle sense of calm when someone is agitated, but it can also help to stimulate and energize when needed. It has a great use when needing to focus or when needing insight and inspiration.
How to use your Smudge Stick: Light the end of your sage stick and after it has ignited, extinguish the flame and direct the smoke around the area you wish to cleanse. You may wish to hold a container or shell in your other hand to catch ashes or to serve as a resting place for the smouldering stick if you use a fan or a feather to direct the smoke. You can direct the smoke around yourself, another person, or in your room to clear the energy. To extinguish your sage stick, smother the end and examine closely to make sure the stick is completely out. Your smudge stick may continue to burn if not completely extinguished. A lit sage stick should not be left burning while not attended, and lots care should be used to extinguishing smouldering smudge sticks properly.