Every year around this time, I love to cleanse my home and studio space with a Smudge. Burning a Smudge Stick is an amazing way to revamp the energy in your space, mind and body, and it's become a cherished New Years ritual I thought I'd share.
Supplies: An abalone shell, clay pot, or other non-flammable dish. | Smudge Stick | Lighter or Matches | If you'd like a feather for guiding the smoke.
Sagebrush & Florals
Smudge Sticks of my own creation, the New Moon and Full Moon Wands are handcrafted using fresh, ethically harvested herbs, flowers and Sagebrush. I love to burn these at the end of the week to feel renewed.
Cedar & Wild Flowers Smudge
Handcrafted by Fireweed&Nettle this is one of my favorite smudges. Aside from being so beautiful, the burning cedar evokes feelings of being transported into the forest.
White Sage Smudge
A more traditional route in the land of smudge sticks comes in the form of white sage. I picked this one up from HausWitch in Salem, MA, but they are widely available. White sage is said to purify mind, body, spirit and atmosphere, and is commonly used to rid your space or objects of negative energy.
How To Use:
With good intentions and an open mind in tow, light the end of your smudge stick. Be aware and cautious of falling embers, sparks and combustable herbs, and always hold the burning end over an abalone shell, clay bowl, or other non-flammable container. Allow your smudge to burn for a few seconds and once it gets going, gently blow out the flame. Let it smolder for a few minutes, always keeping it in sight. You can let it sit in place, walk around with the shell allowing the smoke to cleanse your home, or use a feather to fan and guide smoke along, just always be super gentle and cautious while doing so. To extinguish: crush the smoldering end into your non-flammable bowl until it goes out.