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Smudging & Herbs
Smudging is a simple way
of thanking the earth and purifying or preparing a meeting space.
Variations of smudging are found in diverse cultures throughout the
world. Simply consider the widespread use of incense. The smudging
ceremony we describe here is similar to those used among the Indians
of the Great Basin and high desert of the American West.
A ball of dried sage is
placed in an Abalone Shell and lit with a wooden match. The flames
are quickly blown out and the burning bits of ash fanned with a
large feather so the smoke rises pungent and strong into the air.
In a group smudging ceremony, the shell containing the burning sage
is carried around to each celebrant by another who holds the
Smudge Fan or Feather. With a wafting of the feather, the silvery smoke is sent
up against each person's body to mingle with the air they breathe to
purify the "aura" or "body halo." Sometimes the person reaches out
and draws the smoke into the circle of themselves, symbolically
embracing the sweet, healing power of the sage.
We carry a variety of
Sages and Other Smudging Herbs,
including sweetgrass, cedar, copal and pinon. Sage
(Salvia genus) has been traditionally used by native peoples for a
variety of uses from culinary seasoning and medicine to ceremony.
Sage clears the energy of a space or person and is useful for
removing negativity from the home or work environment as well
as assisting to create a clear state of mind within those who smudge
with it. It is frequently used in conjunction with sweetgrass,
which is used to attract positive energy into the space cleared by
the sage. Sage comes from many different regions of the country,
with white sage from the Southern California area proving a popular
choice because of its fragrance and ease of use.
Different herbs are used in
different geographic locations for the same purpose. For example,
in the Pacific Northwest, the traditional cleansing herb is cedar,
which grows here in abundance. In Central America, copal resin is
used for cleansing. Each type of herb can be used alone or together
(for example, sage & cedar together are an effective and aromatic
herbs have both sacred and medicinal properties. We carry
Traditional Native Herbs such as Bear
Root, Bitter Root, Bear Berry, Red Willow Bark and Kouse.
Incenses can be used either for
specific energetic purposes or just to make your space more fragrant.
are a few Other Herbal Products that we
recommend. For example, Shea Butter is excellent for your drum and
your skin, while incense charcoal is helpful for burning copal and other
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