1. Rosemary & Lavender
2. White Sage, Rosemary & Lavender
4. White Sage, Bay leaf & Lavender
5. Thyme & Lavender
Bay Leaf: Mood booster, anxiety reducer. Healing and calming protection.
Rosemary: Protective and soothing, encourages a sense of peace.
Thyme: Removes negative feelings and is a memory booster.
Lavender: Promotes a restful nights sleep as well as a peace of mind.
Dandelion: Is associated with the elements of the air. Traditionally used for divination, spirit calling.
Calendula: Traditionally used for purification and ceremonial uses.
In many ancient cultures, including Native American traditions, herbs were burned in the ritual cleansing of a physical space, objects or individuals. The idea is they by burning certain herbs in a space, the smoke generated attaches itself to the negative energy and as the smoke dissipates, so does the negative energy. This burning of herbs can also be used for individual cleansing, after a particularly energetically depleting day or experience, for example or on crystals or personal objects used in ritual to ensure that they are not holding any negative energy.
People often cleanse themselves and their space after difficult events, when communication problems seem to be arising, when their feeling down or depressed, during times of meditation or other ritual. Smudging is also excellent to practice prior to a gathering or ritual or as people arrive and before commencing a ritual or celebration. This leads to open minds and hearts and the eradication of any lingering negativity.
There are several herbs used commonly in “smudge sticks” or “smudge wands.” In such a stick or wand, the herbs are bundled together and often tied with string. In ancient native American traditions, special smudge bowls were used but now, most smudging herbs come in wants or sticks that are easy to use.