White sage (Salvia Apiana), is found in the high, rugged mountains of south-western California. There are many types of sage, but White Sage, also known as California Sage, Grandfather Sage, Bee Sage & Sacred Sage, is valued for its rich aromatic properties.
White Sage is considered the most sacred herb among indigenous people of North America. The burning of white sage is used in energy cleansing and purification rituals.
This is the herb to use when you need the brute strength of the Divine Masculine to shift energies and entities that attach themselves to you and your environment. White Sage clears these negative energies, purifies your environment and protects you from possible future attacks.
Prairie Sage (Artemisia Ludoviciana), is blessed with many common names, including Grey Sage, Dakota Sage, Lakota Sage, White Sagebrush, Western Mugwort, Silver Wormwood, Mexican Sagewort and many other names. Despite its name, it is not a sage (salvia) and is actually related to Mugwort. It is sometimes mistakenly called White Sage. (Yes, we agree, it can be very confusing.)
It is used to cleanse, heal and purify. It clears negative energies, spirits, emotions and intentions. It is also a very protective herb. Evil spirits flee from it, while good spirits are soothed by it.
As Prairie Sage is found in much of Eastern North America and from Canada to Mexico it was used by many different groups for healing and cleansing. Because of this it is still the “Sage” many people expect when buying from these regions. The Dakota Sioux used Prairie Sage to drive away evil spirits prior to beginning their ceremonies. The Chippewa burned it to turn away hexes or evil. The Cheyenne, used it to protect them from ghosts, bad dreams, and evil influences. They also commonly purified people and tools with its smoke. Lakota people included Prairie Sage into their Sun Dance head pieces and smudged with it to keep off evil spirits.
This is a beautiful herb with a delightful, musky smell and soothing energy.
The name of this wonderful herb comes from the Romans who called it “lavender” from the Latin word “lavare” which means, “to wash.”
Down through the ages the anecdotal and recorded uses of lavender have contributed to a reputation for being indispensable in dealing with a huge range of physical, emotional and spiritual dilemmas.
To this day lavender is considered essential in the natural treatment of many hurts, both physical and emotional. It is widely used for its soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression and nervous exhaustion.
Lavender can be used for protection and to safeguard against evil. It is also brilliant for healing emotional upsets. Lavender brings a positive energy, opens the heart chakra and calms the mind.
Also known as Seneca Grass, Holy Grass and Vanilla Grass, Sweetgrass was widely used and considered one of the most sacred plants by North American Indians. Natives of the Great Plains believe it was the first plant to cover Mother Earth. It is believed its sweet, vanilla-like scent is the breath of the Earth mother, bringing the blessing of Mother Earth's love and reminding us that she provides everything we need. Sweetgrass is considered one of the four original “medicine plants” given by the creator to the first peoples.
Whereas Sage clears away negativity, Sweetgrass brings in positivity, good energies and good spirits. It creates a warm and inviting home.
Sweetgrass is now quite rare in the wild of North America because its territory has been severely cut by development.
The fragrance of burning Sweetgrass has an alluring effect on spirits of all persuasion. So, to encourage only the positive influences to be present in your journey, it is recommended to smudge with Sweetgrass only after or at the same time as you burn sage.
We are delighted to be able to offer an Australian native plant in our range of smudging herbs.
The name “Cedar” (with cedar being traditionally used for smudging in the northern Americas) first attracted us to explore its properties. We became more encouraged with each step. First picking, drying and then burning the leaf. The fragrance is delightfully earthy and the released energy in our experience was very grounding promoting a feeling of enhanced harmony in our environment.
Cedar can be used to bless a house before moving in, as is the tradition in the northwest of American and Western Canada. It works to invite unwanted spirits to leave, protecting and purifying your home.
Often regarded as the traveller's friend, Mugwort is used to promote physical wellbeing, endurance and protection. This ancient herb can also encourage prophetic and happy dreams and act as an aid to astral travel.
We encourage smudging with mugwort for anyone wishing to develop their conscious or lucid dreaming experience and also recommend it as a key ingredient in the traveller's survival pack.
Ingesting this herb is a big no-no for pregnant women and so we advise against its use around women who are pregnant.
Patchouli oil became popular in the sixties and was used as fragrant oil by hippies. Some say to disguise the result of not taking regular baths and others suggest it was used because of its reputation as an aphrodisiac.
Patchouli originates in India across to Malaysia and does indeed have a heady aroma and too known for its aphrodisiac quality as a result of that aroma.
As well as being the favoured fragrance of the “flower children” Its other potentials are said to include a feeling of euphoria, as an antidepressant, insect repellent, an antiseptic and to prevent misfortune.
Known through the ages as the herb of remembrance, Rosemary is also known as the herb of friendship and love. It exerts its influence magically as well as physically, and has been used throughout time for health and healing.
Rosemary is one of the world’s oldest incenses. It was burnt in place of the more expensive herbs such as frankincense and myrrh. Dried Rosemary is equally favoured in religious, mystical and medicinal settings. In fact, it is one of the world’s oldest known “smudges.”
In days of yore, rosemary was placed at thresholds and windows to protect homes from witches and to stop faeries from stealing their children. One of its names from that time was “Elf Leaf” as it was believed it would attract elves to a garden.
During the plague, the burning of rosemary dependably cleared the air and prevented airborne infections. Rosemary was also given to mourners to protect them from disease.
Thyme – of Mediterranean origin, has been used in religious ceremonies as a smudging herb for thousands of years. Its name, taken from the early Greek word “thymos”, means to “fumigate”. The Greeks burned thyme in sick rooms to drive away the disease and clear the air and to invoke strength and courage as well as clarity of mind.
Roman soldiers were believed to bathe in a thyme infusion prior to going into battle to increase energy and courage and the in the Middle Ages, an image of a sprig of thyme was embroidered into the cloaks of knights so that they too had the courage to do battle, joust, slay dragons, rescue damsels, quest for the Holy Grail and other equally dangerous deeds!
In mythical folklore bees were believed to be faery messengers and because they were always in great numbers in the flowering thyme, thyme became known as the abode of faery.