Sage Directions

Sages or Smudge Sticks

Smudge

Smudging with sage is a ritual used to clear negative energies from a space or one’s body.
Self Smudge Directions:
1 – Hold your smudge stick by the end with the stem. Light the other end on fire.
2 – Hold the smudge stick for a minute or two as it burns. Look for the tips of the herbs to begin to glow like embers. If the flame dies out before this, simply re-light it.
3 – Blow gently on the smudge stick to put out the flame. Continue blowing to fan the burning embers until the stick is smoking.
4 – Keep a heat proof container, such as a bowl censer, small cast iron pot, clean ashtray or seashell nearby. You can use this to hold your smudge stick if necessary by laying the burning part in the container, or to extinguish your smudge stick.
5 – Hold your smudge stick in your hand and offer a prayer to the spirits of the Earth and sky to help it drive off negativity.
6 – Smudge yourself to purify your body first. Being careful not to burn yourself, raise and lower the smudge stick, holding it away from your body, while fanning the smoke towards yourself from head to toe.
7 – Smudge another person by having them stand with their legs slightly spread and arms out. Walk around them, fanning the smoke towards them until it has touched all parts of their body.
8 – Cleanse negativity from an object by holding it above the smoking smudge stick and running it through the cloud of smoke.
9 – Thank the spirits and pray for blessings. Extinguish the smudge stick by snipping the smoldering end off with a pair of scissors, catching the burning embers into the heat proof pot. Be sure there are no burning leaves left on the smudge stick before putting it away.
Directions for smudging an apartment or home:
1 – Hold your smudge stick by the end with the stem. Light the other end on fire.
2 – Hold the smudge stick for a minute or two as it burns. Look for the tips of the herbs to begin to glow like embers. If the flame dies out before this, simply re-light it.
3 – Blow gently on the smudge stick to put out the flame. Continue blowing to fan the burning embers until the stick is smoking.
4 – Keep a heat proof container, such as a bowl censer, small cast iron pot, clean ashtray or seashell nearby. You can use this to hold your smudge stick if necessary by laying the burning part in the container, or to extinguish your smudge stick.
5 – Hold your smudge stick in your hand and offer a prayer to the spirits of the Earth and sky to help it drive off negativity.
6 – Start at the entrance to your home or apartment. Purify a location by walking around with the smudge stick in hand, fanning the smoke into corners, around windows and doors, and throughout the entire room. Negative energy becomes trapped in small, tight spaces such as corners and closets. Spending extra time in these areas to move the negative energy out. You can smudge your entire home to bring positive vibrations into it. Walk counter-clockwise through each room. When you come back to the starting point, the ritual is complete.

Use a smudge stick as a fire starter and to help keep mosquitoes away at your camp or bonfires. Burn a small amount of dried sage outside to repel mosquitoes and other insects. Add it to charcoal when starting to barbecue and it will repel insects while you eat. Burned sage has the strongest smell, so start with a small amount. It smells great to us, but bugs have picky tastes.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_7713007_make-mosquito-repellent-using-sage.html