How to Make a Lavender-Sage Smudging Stick by Meera Lester


Smudging is the modern term for the ancient practice of using scented smoke to cleanse, purify, and bless a place or a person’s body, mind, and spirit. The practice is found in many spiritual traditions in the world and, depending on tradition, the type of herbs and the ritual for using them varies greatly. Sage and cedar are most commonly used, but other dried herbs, may be incorporated as long they are nontoxic.

To rid a home of negative energy, for example, you might light a smudging stick and wave it in the rooms of a house. Create your own ceremony for smudging. It might include a prayer, affirmation, or a particular sequence and frequency of waving the smudging stick as it releases scented smoke. Decorate the hand-held end of the smudging stick with a string of beads, tiny bells, or feathers.

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