This White Sage grows in the wild in California and is hand harvested. It is untreated and only dried. Smudge (literally: smoldering fire), in sticks or woods, is completely natural, ceremonial incense, which is burned among the original Native American peoples in America, for example in sweat lodges.
Doctors, therapists and body workers are increasingly discovering the beneficial effects of these herbs. Bunches of smudge are used all over the world to get back in touch with the power of Mother Nature. The use of smudging plants and resin possibly originated from the campfires in the Primordial Age, in caves. The ceremony of cleansing, of people, places and objects, with smoke is still in vogue today. Not just good for driving away pesky flying insects, the smoke of certain plants (smudge) was also found to make food and skins last. Also, certain smudges could provide protection from invisible spirits and thoughts.
To apply this protective and cleansing effect, leaves or resins were heated to make smoke, which was then used, often with large feather fans, to stroke over the person or object. Some plants gave smoke that was used in healing, and others had more general powers Smudge smoke is made by laying dried plants or herbs on smoldering coals, or by lighting dried herbs in an earthenware bowl or large shell. White Sage is burned in ceremonies to exorcise evil spirits, negative thoughts or influences. The leaves are renowned for their special fragrance, and they are used as a natural repellent against moths (in clothing) or mosquitoes (in a room).
White Sage can be used in numerous ways. The Ntive Americans in Central America cover the floor of their sweat lodges with it. They also breathe in through a small bunch of sage and sometimes rub it on their bodies while in the sweat lodge. White Sage makes evil spirits sick, they say. They are driven away with it, if it is burned. Not so with the good spirits; they don’t go away through the smoke. On the contrary, good spirits love sage.
Cedar smoke brings a friendly and healing energy and is therefore very suitable for a ceremonial cleansing. A very nice combination!
Ca. 10 cm
ca. 20 gram
Ceder, Witte Salie
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