Smudge Stick - DESERT SAGE 11-13cm
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Our Desert Sage smudge sticks are approx 11-13cm in length, and around 2-3cm in diameter.
DESERT SAGE (Artemisia tridentata) is best known as the richly aromatic sage that blankets the Santa Fe, Taos area. Its fragrance draws your heart to the wind swept, sun blessed deserts of New Mexico. It's use as a smudging herb as a traditional alternative to white sage (listed separately) is believed to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit, or even a particular place, of unwanted negative energies.
NOTE RE SIZE: Please note, as these are a handmade natural product each batch of smudge sticks we sell may have a slightly different shape and size. Some have longer or shorter stems, or are slightly longer or thicker than others. The item you receive may look a little different from the items pictured, however all are made from sage of the highest quality, typically ranging within the sizes described above.
WHAT IS SMUDGING?
'Smudging' is a purification ritual believed to clear the atmosphere of negative vibrations and fill the environment with positive, uplifting energies. Smudge Sticks are typically bundled wands made of bound herbs such as White Sage or Sweetgrass, used for smudging purposes - though other herbs and botanicals such as Palo Santo wood and Cedar leaves have also been used for this purpose. Sage smudge is traditionally used to purify the mind, body and spirit before praying, to cleanse the atmosphere & disperse negativity. Some may use it to purify their homes or offices; the smell of sage will remind you of the desert and the sacredness of life.
To burn a smudge stick, remove the yarn binding the stick and place it in a heatproof dish or abalone shell filled with sand or ashes, to keep it upright. Light the tip of the bundle on fire until the Smudge Stick catches, then blow out the flame to allow the herbs to smoulder and smoke, sending sweet fragrant smoke into the air. To extinguish, invert into the sand until the embers are out. Never leave a lit smudge stick unattended. There are many rituals for smudging houses etc - more information can be found online if you're looking for instructions towards a specific ritual.