AQ Smudge Stick - WHITE SAGE 22-24cm EXTRA LARGE
Available as a single stick, or in discounted packs of ten sticks - make your choice from the drop-down OPTIONS menu near the top of the page, and then add it to your cart. You can adjust also quantities of these packs in your cart before completing your order.
White Sage smudge sticks are the most popular type of stick used for smudging rituals. Our White Sage Smudge Sticks are grown in California, and don't use 'compressed' herbs or offcuts: the white sage is cut straight from the bush, hand-rolled and bound with twine, then allowed to dry. Our sticks are generally the 'long' variety which means the entire stick can be burned, compared to 'torch' style sticks which use thick twigs as a 'handle' that can't really be burned.
If you are looking for smaller pieces we list clean white sage leaves and clusters HERE. Being a pre-made stick, these are NOT designed to be broken up as they will be brittle in the shape that they have dried in, and can contain amounts of organic matter within the stick.
We list smudge sticks separately (like these), as well as in mixed packs, or kit form including Abalone Shells and other tools - we also stock other variations of smudge sticks in Cedar, and varieties of sage. A simple instruction card is included with each smudge stick purchase.
Our White Sage sticks are currently available in TWO SIZES:
SMALL / MEDIUM - approx 11 - 13cm in length, typically around 3 - 4cm in diameter - LISTED SEPARATELY
A much thicker sized stick than our previous 'small' size.
EXTRA LARGE - approx 22 - 24cm in length, typically around 4 -5cm in diameter - THIS LISTING
See the final photo for a comparison between the two. Loose Sage Leaves are also available, listed separately.
NOTE RE SIZE: 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 white sage of the highest quality, and generally within the size range as outlined above, if not larger.
WHAT IS SMUDGING?
Many native Indian tribes of the US and Canada traditionally perform a purification ritual known as 'smudging' 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.
WHITE SAGE has been traditionally used to purify the mind, body and spirit before praying, to cleanse the atmosphere and disperse negativity - sage is believed by many to be a masculine plant that can reduce or eliminate negative energy; some place sage at doorways for protection against evil. Today, it can be used to purify homes, offices or other spaces; the smell of sage will remind you of the desert and the sacredness of life. CEDAR is said to be the first tree that was created; it is believed to offer protection and attract positive energy - cedar can be placed at entrances to a home, or for extra grounding may be placed inside shoes for daily wear.
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, 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 via the internet if you're looking for instructions towards a specific ritual.