Get to know your herbs.
STOP SMUDGING START BURNING HERBs
The smudge stick of white sage (Salvia Apiana) has taken its place in a lot of spiritual people’s go-to bag. It is used in ceremonies and to clear stagnant and negative energies from space and people.
But did you know that this type of sage and the word smudging might not be yours to use? Smoke cleansing with herbs is used all over the world, but lately, the Native-American/First Nation smudging practice with white sage has been blown up and culturally appropriated in modern spiritual communities and media.
WHAT HERBS ARE YOURS TO USE?
If you don’t have a Native-American heritage or been trained by elders in this lineage I would recommend you to start moving away from the white sage and the word smudging and start exploring the herbs in your own culture.
Hey, don’t stop burning herbs for spiritual reasons, it’s powerful and healing. Instead of just adopting a tool from another culture I would encourage you to go back to your own heritage and the land you live on to work with the plant allies that are there with you, in your own backyard.
And just use the words smoke cleansing or herb burning instead. In Celtic magic tradition the word Saining is used.
RESEARCH FOLKLORE FROM YOUR OWN CULTURE AND WORK WITH THE HERBS ON THE LAND YOU LIVE
GET TO KNOW YOUR HERBS
Research some folklore from your own culture, what herbs been used for smoke cleansing and what they are good for.
Examples of great herbs to work with is:
Mugwort (what I’m using in the picture): Perfect to start and close a ritual or ceremony. Cleanse a room or stagnant energy. Purification. Use it the same way you would’ve used your White Sage! Mugwort helps open your spiritual channels and are perfect to use before and during card reading or meditation.
Juniper/Cedar: Protection! Use it to clean out a new home, banishing unwanted spirits or influence from other people. It’s also great to use when you want to manifest more money, clear money blocks or cast money spells.
Lavender: Protection and cleansing. Helps open the heart and heal heartache Calms the mind and helps you to see clearly. Use for love spells, grief work, to soothe anxiety.
Thyme: Health, Strenght and Purification. Use before and during ceremony work. Great for healing work and to support healing in the body and mind. Will help you develop your psychic powers and connect with the fairy realm!
Rosemary: Feminine Power! Use if you want to get better self-esteem. Protective and purifying. Attracts good energies. It’s also a powerful herb to boost memory. Use it while studying or when you are meditating on past lives.
Basil Leaf: Relieves anxiety. Can put you in a more open state of mind so great to use in spirit work and meditation. Wards off harmful spells and other people’s negative energy cast toward you, like jealousy. Can also be used for love spells and if you are trying to manifest a life partner.
Garden Sage (Salvia Officinalis): Protective, cleansing. Protects your home and attracts prosperity. Enhances wisdom and helps you KNOW in your bones what is right for you. Brings good luck!
You can make your own herb bundles (youtube that shit) or order online or even check the spice rack at your grocery store!
And please head into your local spiritual shop and ask for other herb bundles than white sage – inspire them to work with local plants and be more culturally conscious in their sales.
Happy herb burning witches!
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