This White Sage grows in the wild in California and is harvested by hand. It is untreated and is only dried. About our White Sage Smudges: Smudge (literally: smouldering fire), in sticks or forests, is completely natural, ceremonial incense, which is burned among the original Indian peoples in America, for example in sweat lodges. Doctors, therapists and body workers are increasingly discovering the beneficial effects of these herbs. Bushes of smudge are used all over the world to get back in touch with the power of Mother Nature. The use of smouldering plants and resin may have originated from the campfires in the early days, in caves. The ceremony of cleansing people, places and objects with smoke is still in vogue today. Not only good for removing annoying flying insects, but the smoke from certain plants (smudge) also proved to make food and hides and skins sustainable. Certain types of smoke could also provide protection against invisible spirits and thoughts. In order to apply this protective and cleaning effect, leaves or resins were heated to make smoke, with which, often with large feather impellers, over the person or object was ironed. Some plants gave smoke that was used in healing, and others had more general powers. The smudge smoke is made by laying dried plants or herbs on smouldering coals, or by lighting dried herbs in an earthenware bowl or large shell. White Sage is burned at ceremonies to drive out evil spirits, negative thoughts or influences. The leaves are famous for their special fragrance, and they are used as natural defenses of moths (in clothing) or mosquitoes (in a room). White Sage can be used in countless ways. The American Indians 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 over their body when sitting in the sweat lodge. White Sage makes the evil spirits sick, they say. They are expelled when burned. If not to the good spirits, they will not leave through the smoke. Good spirits love sage.
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