Smudge Stick Contains: Blue Sage (Grandmother Sage) & Palo Santo
Smudging is a ceremony used to clear away negative energies and to attract ones that are more positive. Native Americans have traditionally used many herbs for this purpose, each one having a different effect on the aura and inner being. You may burn a smudge stick directly from the end (extinguish carefully afterwards), or break off fragments to burn in a container such as a shell. When smudging, try to feel connected with a power greater than yourself. You may say prayers while using a feather, or simply the palm of your hand, to brush the smoke over you.
Smudge sticks can be used for cleansing of the aura, for example before meditation or prayer, or they quite often these days used by body workers and therapists. They can also be used for cleansing a house or dwelling and are often used in this way in Feng Shui.
On the Packet:
Blue Sage or Grandmother Sage - Cleansing of Negativety or Exorcism
Palo Santo - Purification, bring good luck, cleanse negative spirits.
How do I use my Smudge Stick?
Firstly, light your smudge stick or loose leaves if you have chosen to break off fragments of your smudge stick into a container. Wait a moment, then blow out the flames. Try to fan the embers lightly to keep them smoldering (you may have to re-light your stick). You can then use the smoke to cleanse a person, property or spaces - you can use a shell or a heat resistant container to catch the ashes.
All Fluorescent Ranch products are harvested in traditional manners, in an ecological and respectful way. All our Palo Santo products are guaranteed legally and ethically harvested and fair trade. For more information about this, please see below in our extra information about Palo Santo.
Size: Approximately 7 inches in length (17.5 cms)
Country of Origin: Grand Mesa, Colorado
Dictionary Terms Explained
- Also known as 'Holy Wood', used for cleansing and healing.
Palo Santo is a tree that can typically be found in South America in areas such as Peru and Ecuador; it's name in Spanish literally means "Holy Wood" and is often referred to by this name. It is been used and revered to by many for hundreds of years for it's cleansing, spiritual, healing and medicinal properties, similar to the properties that can be found by using Sage and Cedar. It has a delicate sweet, fresh and woodsy aroma with hints of mint and citrus.
It is traditionally burned, similar to incense it is lit by lighting the shavings of the wood. It is said that it has been an integral part of life as an incense for the Incas, for South American people and continues to be to this day. In Peru typically a medicine man or a shaman would light a Palo Santo stick and the smoke would be used a way of clearing evil spirits, misfortune or negativity before a ritual can begin. Palo Santo has a distinct rich smell which the Inca's believed was pleasing to the Gods; even before the Inca times it was used for good luck, purification, spiritual protection and clearing bad energy.
The wood of the Palo Santo tree is saturated with many natural essential oils and is widely used to aid many ailments such as colds, allergies, headaches and much more. It is also popularly used in Peru and Ecuador as an insect repellent, finding that the smoke works well to keep away mosquitoes and flying insects.
The properties of Palo Santo wood makes it ideal for use in cleansing of places, people and objects, for clearing ceremonies and before meditation or prayer.
The Legend of Palo Santo
The Legend goes that a handsome and virtuous man called Cosokait fell in love with a young maiden, however his feelings towards her were not reciprocated and consequently his sadness made him tragically ill. Even on his death bed he called for the young maiden, but she still would not see him. Before his death he promised that he would always be with the maiden as protection and would never leave her. Due to a high fever, Cosokait died, but during the last moments of his life he repeated the name of the young maiden. It is said that because of Cosokait's devotion and love, a tree sprouted directly from where he was buried. This tree was said to be that of Palo Santo, and possessed all the sweet qualities and promises of protection that Cosokait had promised to the young maiden. The wood had a soft fragrance, when it was burned it would release a sweet aroma and thus the Palo Santo tree became a symbol of love and kindness.
All our Palo Santo products have been traditionally, legally and ethically gathered and harvested. Traditionally a Palo Santo tree lasts for around 80 years and the wood is only used once the tree has been dead for 4-10 years (when the tree is alive, the scent is completely devoid in the wood). It is only once the wood has been untouched where it has grown that it will then create its exceptional properties. All trees that have been used are harvested through a sustainable and natural process.
Blue Sage & Palo Santo Smudge Stick (7 Inches Approx)
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