Smudging is distinctly Indigenous. It’s an important ceremonial purifying ritual or prayer created and practiced in many North American Indigenous cultures. Different Native communities use different medicines for smudging depending on where they are from.
ancient tribes traditionally burned items like cedar and sweetgrass to welcome blessings and positive energy. Over the years, sage has been used more commonly and is said to get rid of negative energy, restore harmony, and connect us to a spiritual plane. In other words, doing so could make you feel more balance.
The act of burning the sage stick itself can make you feel more grounded. “Smudging has a connection to mindfulness,” “Because of the ritualistic nature of burning sage, it helps people to achieve a sense of calm and clear-headedness as would meditation.”
Yerba Santa bundle- is known to have an abundance of healing properties and has been used by native tribes to treat respiratory infections, headaches, + was used as a salve for eye infections. The plant has also traditionally been used as a smudge or incense for protection and purification.
White Sage bundle- is used to cleanse spaces, houses, rooms or environments of any kinds of subtle, old energies and prepare the space with fresh intent. It is also used to cleanse the aura of a person from stuck old energies to prepare for ceremony or spiritual work.
Eucalyptus bundle-Compounds in eucalyptus help some people find relief from nasal congestion, coughing, and body aches. Some of its relief comes simply from its invigorating scent. You can reap many of the benefits of eucalyptus by burning it in your bedroom before going to bed.
Blue Sage bundle- It is believed that setting a clear intention while smudging with blue sage can attract health, healing, prosperity and abundance in your life. Blue sage is also most often used for clearing negative energies and banishing malevolent spiritual entities.