White Sage and Lavender Smudge Stick
“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.
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.
How to Smudge
You can use either a ready-made smudge bundle, make your own smudge bundle, or use loose herbs. Smokeless alternatives are also available and will be discussed a little later. To use loose herbs for smudging, you will need herb-burning charcoal discs as well as a dish to hold the burning herbs. Abalone shells are often used for this purpose, since they are sturdy and represent the element air. When a shell is used, the vibration of all four elements—earth, fire, air, and water—is present. (The dried herbs represent earth, the burning embers represent fire, and the smoke represents air.) When all four elements are working together, the cleansing effects are magnified.”
Spiritual uses: Lavender is a great tool for meditation. This oil brings in blessings and the sweetness of love. Use this essential oil for channeling, trance mediumship, psychic development, and heightened spiritual awareness. The cleansing scent and vibe of this essential oil is ideal to deter the jealousy and negative energies from others. The vibration of lavender aids in connecting with Archangel Sabrael, Saint Germain and Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy and compassion. Add lavender oil to a mister filled with purified water to cleanse your yoga mat. The scent also aids your yoga practice. Add lavender to the water you use to clean your floors and countertops to remove negative energy and replace it with blessings and love. This essential oil assists in bringing back good memories and the pure teachings of Atlantis.
Interesting tidbits: Lavender gets its name from the Latin lavare, which means “to wash.” Thieves who robbed victims of the plague during the middle ages actually used lavender as one of the ingredients in their vinegar-based concoction to protect them from becoming infected. (The other ingredients were garlic, rosemary, and thyme.) Although lavender is a lover of dry, sunny, and rocky habitats, English gardeners and gardeners of the Pacific Northwest are renowned for growing lavender plants. Lavender buds have been used as sachets to scent linens and clothing while deterring moths and insects.