This blend of white sage and peppermint is one of the better known herbal combinations to smudge with. Both have their own special property, but together these effects are even stronger.
Where does smudge come from?
Smudging is a ritual originally from the Native Americans. To connect to the spiritual world, they burn various herbs, especially white sage. By burning these herbs, now known as smudging, they expel negative energies around a person or a space. Smudging is generally known for this as a cleansing ritual.
Smudging is known today around the world. It is mainly done to cleanse certain areas in order to meditate afterwards.
How do you smudge a room or person?
You can smudge in various ways. One way is to leave a burning smudge in a bowl somewhere safe. This way the smoke spreads itself and cleans a specific spot or person. Of course you can also spread the smoke by fluttering lightly with a feather or a hand fan. Another way is to walk around with it and direct the smoke to certain spots. This can be done in a ritual in which, for example, certain prayers are said.
Advice: Always place the burning smudge in a refractory bowl or shell. After smudging, always open a window or door to ventilate the room.
The properties of peppermint and white sage
The effect of white sage is mainly purifying. It drives out negative energy and restores harmony. In addition, it improves the air quality and relieves stress. White sage is known as a herb with a pungent odor. You can also see this scent as a tool to know where the cleansing has already taken place.
Peppermint is a well-known herb that is mainly used for cooking. But it is also a nice herb to smudge with. It has a healing effect and also provides protection. With these properties, the peppermint and white sage herbs reinforce each other.
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.