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Smudges and Smudging

Yu ni ne-un-ai; ji-bai oke ni
ki-pi-ai; ni mus se-chu?
[Here I am; Spirit Land,
I am coming; must I
pass away?]

Burning herbs is a sacred practice used for prayer and purification that is respected in most American Indian traditions. It is called smudging or smoking, although the intent is not to inhale the smoke or burn up the herbs. Instead you bathe in the smoke and pray with it.

Once ignited, the herbs are not supposed to flame; they should slowly smoke. The aromatic fumes from their volatile oils enhance the smudge. Because smudging involves heat and burning, a fireproof clay pot or large shell, such as that of abalone or sea clam; is a good accouterment to use as a protective vessel.

Sage is a purifier, used to banish all troubles and bad spirits. It cleanses an area and sweeps away negativity. On the other hand, sweet grass welcomes the good spirits and good energies back into and area or gathering. These two herbs are often burned during healing prayers and ceremonies, helping to connect with spirit helpers. Burned during funerals and death feasts, their smoke carries prayers and sadness upward to the ancestors’ spirits.

To smudge, ignite your smudge stick or sage wand and gently blow on it to extinguish the flame and enhance the smoking. If you are doing this with other people, position everyone in a circle. Move around clock-wise and pass or carry the smudge stick so that you encircle each person. Smudge from head to toe; often people use their cupped hand to draw the smoke into specific body areas. Some people use a feather fan to distribute the aromatic smoke to everyone.

Cultural Blend Large Wand


Sweetgrass, Sage, Cedar, & Copal

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Lavender Sage Wand


Lavender & Sage

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Mugwort Bundle  Black Sage

Mugwort Bundle - Black Sage


Artemisia vulgaris

Nicely wrapped mugwort bundles, approximately 10 inches long and 1 ˝ inches wide. Mugwort is a medium leafed sage plant, similar to the sage that grows in Dakotas. The top of the leaf is a medium green and the underside is a silvery white. Sometime this plant is called “Black Sage”. It is fairly common plant and is known to grow in many parts of the world. It has been used by many peoples in many ways to help cure everything from colds and bronchitis to stomach disorders and menstrual difficulties. Like with all our botanicals, this is for educational and historical purposes only.

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Sweetgrass Braids

Sweetgrass Braids


Made by the First Nations People from Saskatchewan, these are hand- braided from wild Sweetgrass [Heirachloe odorata]. The Sweetgrass grows that grows up north is of highest quality, emitting an aroma like new-mown hay in Eleysian fields. The braids are pleasantly green colored, measure 48 inches long and weigh at least 1 oz each.

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White Sage Large Smudge Wand

White Sage Large Smudge Wand


White Sage Blend
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