SELF CARE SATURDAY
✨ traditions that inspired the world ✨
Burning sage, also known as smudging, is an ancient spiritual ritual established as a Native American cultural or tribal practice. Traditionally, smudging is done to cleanse the energy of a person or space, and is said to promote healing and wisdom. While herb bundles have been burned throughout history by various cultures for spiritual rituals, burning desert sage originated with Native American tribes.
The aroma of fresh sage brings us back to a childhood spent in New Mexico and reminds us of the fierceness of the desert, as this is a plant that thrives in the dry heat!
Sage is herbaceous, woodsy, and cooling.
While this ancient practice has strong roots in spirituality, enjoying herb bundles and burning herbs as a natural incense is also just a lovely way to practice self care and treat yourself to an earthy aroma session.
Made by hand in the old way by Native Americans at Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Site.
You can light the tip of the smudge stick with a match, to create a slow smolder of smoke or enjoy the aroma of the sage stick unburned.
Palo Santo, also called Holy Wood or Saint’s Wood, is a close relative of Frankincense and has a similarly soothing aroma. Palo Santo grows in South America and is used by the Inca and Aztec to encourage protection and to welcome friendly spirits.
This wood has an intoxicating aroma that many find calming.
Our Palo Santo is harvested only from downed trees and broken branches.
Use Palo Santo by lighting one end of the stick, then blow out the flame and allow it to smolder in a fire safe bowl. It can also be placed on hot charcoals. 🔥
THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT
The smoke from certain types of plants changes the molecular structure of air and energy. Burning herbs has also been found to be an effective practice in aromatherapy. This is due to the fact that the sense of smell is connected strongly to instinct and memory. Therefore, the aroma of certain plants can help to combat negative emotions, including anger, fear and grief.