Sage with Sunflowers Smudge Stick
Sage with Sunflowers Smudge Stick is hand-made in the USA crafted with white sage and dried sunflowers.
Each ingredient is considered a sacred herb used for centuries by Native Americans in the “smudging” ceremonies. “Smudging” is the name given to the burning of these herbs for the purposes of cleansing and sending our prayers. Today, people are “smudging” to receive the benefits known to generations of our Native American brothers and sisters.
“Smudging is the traditional spiritual practice of clearing away negative thoughtforms (the manifestation of mental energy) and other negative vibrations with the smoke of burning herbs, typically dried sage. The sage used for smudging is usually either high desert sage or white wide-leaf sage and is often bound into a bundle called a smudge bundle, like this Blue Sage and Lavender Smudge Stick.
When and Why to Smudge Yourself or Your Space
Because old thoughtforms and other negative vibes tend to accumulate no matter how clear you try to keep yourself or a space, it is a good idea to smudge every so often to continue to attract positive vibrations into your life. Smudge any time you feel that negative thoughtforms, including your own, have gotten stuck in your energy field.
You know you need to smudge or clear your space when chaos is present, arguments abound, anger presents itself, or general feelings of agitation and frustration exist. If an argument just occurred, clear your space. If you encountered an unpleasant situation, clear yourself. If your children are unruly and your spouse is cranky, clear your space.
Sunflowers are native to the Americas and are thought to have been domesticated as early as 3,600 BC in the Eastern United States, although it is unclear if this occurred in Northern Mexico, the Southwestern U.S., or the Mississippi River Valley. Sunflower seeds were spread throughout the U.S. over subsequent generations and evolved into separate varieties.
In 1510, sunflowers were first imported to Europe, and in 1832, Prince Alexander Phillip Maximillian brought back Mandan, Arikara, and Hidatsa sunflowers to his native Germany for oil pressing. When these sunflowers were taken back to the U.S. under the name ‘Mammoth Russians’ during the late 1930s, they almost wiped out the native heirloom sunflowers still being grown. Since World War II, sunflower monocultures have developed in the US for commercial oil production, with far less attention being paid to heritage varieties.
Sunflower seeds can be eaten raw or roasted and ground to make a meal for adding to soups and stews. Oil can be extracted by boiling the kernels.
Sunflower seeds are rich in protein, vitamin B-complex, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, and selenium.
Sunflower products have traditionally been used by the Hopi as medicine for spider bites and the oil can be used against warts and snakebites. Sunflower seeds can help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, anxiety, and neurosis.