Native American culture originated the old tribal tradition of smudging using substances like sage or resin. Because it is a purifying herb, sage is the most often used and important ceremonial plant.
Stick of white sage
Smudging was once utilised for spiritual healing, and it still is. It was thought that the smoke would clear away pollutants and start the healing process. It is believed that when the smoke rises, prayers will soar into the Spirit World and remove unfavourable feelings and thoughts.
Background of Palo Santo
Palo Santo was employed for the first time during the Inca era in Amazonia for rituals, rites, and its capacity to purify the spirit. When this tree was initially discovered, Spanish monks gave it the name Palo Santo, which means "holy wood" or "wood of the saints."
Palo Santo is considered to have a strong spirit by Shamans and Healers, and it should always be used with intent. They believe that the spirit survives in the wood for a very long time after the tree has died.
In Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru, magical Palo Santo grows naturally in tropical dry forests. Palo Santo trees are never to be cut down; extraction is only permitted three years after the tree dies naturally.
What you require:
blotter stick (tied bundle of sage)
Fire-putting apparatus (bowl of sand or abalone shell)
Once you have all of your necessities, you are almost ready (which you can find on our website). Setting your goals is the most important phase, which you can accomplish while holding your smudge stick, palo santo, and abalone shell close to your abdomen. Close your eyes, take everything in your hands, and consider the purpose of your ceremony. Some folks may rather make an affirmation or a prayer before beginning the procedure.
Turning it on
Start by directing the smudge stick downward while holding it in your hand. Long enough for the stick to carry the flame on its own after lighting the low end. When it has ignited, hold it horizontally and allow it to burn for 30 to 60 seconds. You can gently blow out the flame or wave it out once you start to see the glowing embers; the stick should now start to emit smoke.
After that, you can utilise Palo Santo in another ritual or with the same technique. Smudge your surroundings with a stick to clear away any unwanted or sluggish energy before using them in the same ritual. After stating your intentions verbally or in writing, it is time to bring good energy in with Palo Santo.
When the Smudging Stick Starts to Smoke
The person, space, or thing you desire to influence is where you should wave the smudge stick or palo santo. Make sure to keep your good intentions front and centre as the smoke spreads and performs its effect.
Pay attention to places that typically go unnoticed, such as cupboards, corners of rooms, and closets. When smudging a house, concentrate on the back and front doors as this will aid in either attracting or repelling energy.
Your smoke ceremony is over.
When you are done smudging, you have two options: either let it burn until the embers die out or put it out with an abalone shell (with or without sand). Breathe deeply, close your eyes, and give yourself some time to think. Pay attention to the positive vibes you experience and the energy that surrounds you. Another excellent technique is to write in a notebook at the end of the session to describe your experiences.