Smudge Stick - White Sage & Sweetgrass 10cm
White Sage has been used to keep away evil spirits and cleanse a space or person. But sweetgrass, also called holy grass, does the opposite. Sweetgrass is actually a type of grass and it normally bends, not breaks and it’s believed to symbolize kindness. Smudging with this smudge stick is a two-step process. First use sage to remove unwanted energy, and sweetgrass to invite wanted energy - sage clears negativity and sweetgrass brings positivity and harmony.
To many noses, sweetgrass has a distinct, vanilla-like scent, although to others, the aroma is more like that of a freshly mown lawn or a bale of freshly cut hay. The leaves of the sweetgrass plant are sturdy but very fine, almost hair-like, which is why it’s often braided. This could be why Native Americans also refer to sacred sweetgrass as “the hair of Mother Earth.”
Smudges may help clear the air, scientists have observed that sage can clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria and disinfect the air. Also, when sage is burned, it releases negative ions, which is linked to putting people into a positive mood.
Smudging requires simple ingredients like matches, smudging herbs, and a smudging bowl. Before you start, remember to open a door or window, because the unwanted energy you are trying to clear must have a pathway to get out. First, light one end of your smudge, allowing it to catch fire and burn for several seconds. Then gently blow on the lit end - the smudge will begin to glow and smoke. Lay the smudge on a heatproof bowl to catch the ashes as it burns.