A ''Smudge Stick' is a bundle of mixed dried herbs, and plants or used on their own, the leaves are usually bound with string in a small bundle and dried. All herbs and plants used in a Smudge Stick have a strong, pleasant aroma when burnt. Palo Santo wood can also be used for Smudging and Cleansing.
Californian White Sage is probably the most common and popular herb for Smudging and came from the Native American practices and beliefs, it is associated with Purity and has a Strong and Heavy Presence making it useful for when you need a Major Space Cleansing. This particular sage itself is called Salvia officinalis in Latin, originating from “salve” which translates as to save or heal.
Blended Smudge bundles can add variety to your Smudging like Cedar, which has long been used by Native Americans for Ceremonial and Medicinal. Sweetgrass is often braided and dried to create long strands which can be burnt. Herbs and Plants are seen to be sacred as it helps to drive away Negative and Harmful Energy, Thoughts, Emotions, and Mental Projections.
Smoke is a great tool for Cleansing Negative Energies Areas. When Smudging, you burn Spiritual Plant Material and allow the smoke to fill, surround and purify the Environment or Person’s body. As the Smoke Ascends, our Wishes and Intentions rise and mingle into the Universe, connecting Heaven, Earth, and Humanity.
From time to time, you can use an Incense stick or cone to Cleanse your own Aura, or you could burn Incense in your room (or entire house) to continuously Cleanse it from Negative Energies. As an alternative to a Sage Smudge Stick, try Palo Santo wood together with Himalayan Rock Salt, Cedar, Juniper, Sweetgrass, there are many more ingredients to use.