WHITE SAGE SMUDGE STICK
This beautiful species of Sage comes from the coastal mountains of California. Native Americans of the Southwest use its pungent aroma for purification prior to healing ceremonies. White Sage is said to bring peace and harmony, which is why it was included in a special incense mixture known as 'White Buffalo' that was used at tribal gathering. White Sage is also used for consecration and cleansing of ritual tools.
Smudge sticks are tightly bound herb wands made from sacred Native American herbs. The term ‘smudging’ refers to the practice of cleansing ritual spaces, altars and tools, as well as the participants of rituals and ceremonies, with the smoke for purification and protection. Light the tip of the smudge stick, let it catch fire briefly, then extinguish the flames and allow to smoulder. Once lit, the sticks will smoulder for a long time. They can be extinguished by placing them into sand or soil in a dish (never directly into the earth). Kept dry, they can be re-lit another time.
Since people first came together to honour the Gods and spirits of nature they used gums, resins and fragrant herbs to bring them closer to the divine beings and to give fragrant wings to their prayers. Every culture has their own sacred herbs that are particular to its region, yet, precious incense herbs and gums have also always been traded far beyond their country of origin.