All of the plants on the planet possess a sacred spirit that vibrates deeper and goes well beyond. It’s the pure nature of the plants that leads to their medicinal and traditional use in personal exploration, religious ceremonies, altering or shifting consciousness, community-building, protection, guidance, consecration, cleansing the body or a space and in healing (spiritual, emotional, mental and physical)

Using the plants for these purposes isn’t a new idea. It is a collection of methods that people have used for years to maintain connection to the spirit world and the Earth.

*The power of smudging*

While there are numerous herbal preparations people use or consume every day, the smudging (burning of plants) has become very popular way to experience the blessing of the plants.

In “The smudging and blessings book” J. Alexander says that smudging has the ability to help people feel more concentrated and protected from the world, look for love, bathe away stress, ease into the world of deep sleep, wake up and greet the day full of hope, energy and confidence, celebrate different times of the year, leave the old relationships behind and move on to new one and clear away the stagnant or negative energy in a space.

There are many religious structures and cultures that believe the burning plant’s smoke carry prayers to the heavens.
It is a practice that involves herbs that are loose, braided or bundled but the smudging process remains the same – the smoke is fanned across people’s body or around a space.

What plants can we use to make smudge sticks?

Plants that are used for smudging are sagebrush (in treating colds, headaches and wounds), sage (clearing the negative energy), cedar leaf (for purification and cleansing), pine needles (for purification and cleansing), balsam fir (for purification and cleansing), sweetgrass (for purification and healing and to bring positive energy), mugwort (for calming, purification and lucid dreaming), juniper (for purification and cleansing), holy basil (for calming and purification), rosemary (for protection), lavender (for calming), mullein (for improving the respiratory function and cleansing sickrooms), rose petals (for calming and meditation and it attracts love), desert chaparral ( for calming, protection and clearing negative energy), peppermint (for protection and healing), yarrow (helps to eliminate the toxins from the body) and lemon balm (for calming and spiritual cleansing).

It is really amazing that almost every plant of these grow near us.

How to make sticks for smudging?

At first, you should cut the plant’s branches into seven to ten inch lengths. Then, measure a thin cord piece (cotton is just as good) four times the branch’s length. After that, bundle the branches to the wanted thickness. Wrap the cord tightly around the bundle’s base with the tips of the branches pointing down. After that, wrap the cord around the bundle working the way to the branches’ tip. Then, work the way back down toward the base, after you have reached the tip. You should tie the cord’s two ends together at the base and you can trim the edges if you want to make it look neat and nice. After that, you should set the smudge stick on a drying screen or in basket for seven to ten days. That’s it! Enjoy in these smudge sticks!

This is how to smudge:

You should light the smudge stick’s tip with a candle, match or lighter and when it has a steady flame, you should blow it out so it is smoking and smoldering. You can use some bowl or something like that under the smudge stick to catch any ash. Fan the smoke through your space or over the body by using a feather or hand.

You can wild harvest, of course with ethics, or you can grow your own herbs that you can use for making smudge sticks.

Naturally, the results from the smudging will be different for different people. However, you should consult with a medical professional prior before you use some herbal remedy.

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