Perlustrating Smudging Techniques

A Smidge Above
Our smudge sticks are each hand-tied with all-natural jute, intentionally double knotted on opposite sides over the entire length of the smudge stick. This double knotted style not only provides more stability than simply wrapping string around the smudge stick. It improves the ability to smudge with peace of mind that the smudge stick will not easily unravel and fall apart during use. This tying style also improves the ability to use the smudge stick more safely over multiple burns.

At times a smudge stick may all but refuse to burn, this may be due to the smudge stick being unable to “breathe”. Generally bundled and tied while the botanicals are still green, sometimes, the bundle remains tightly packed even once it has dried. Oxygen can’t get in properly and as a result the smudge stick won’t stay lit. Our double knot style allows you to easily give your smudge stick more breathing room.

Placing a layer of salt or sand in your smudging vessel will help protect it from any smoke or embers. This also makes it easier to fan out a burning smudge stick, helping it to smolder rather than flame. Smudging is a great time to use our Witch’s Ritual Salts to boost the magickal energies of your smudging by adding color magick, aroma magick and additional botanicals to your smudging.

Loosening smudge stick prior to lighting
Use scissors to clip just above the upper knot, make sure to trim any loose jute ends. Smush the end of the smudge stick in your smudging vessel, or squeeze between your fingers to loosen up the botanicals and give it a little more breathing room.

Loosening smudge stick after trying to light
Extinguish any embers and allow smudge stick to completely cool. Position the smudge stick safely over your smudge vessel, using tongs or similar tool, carefully loosen the botanicals at the end of the smudge stick. You may also smush the end of the smudge stick in your smudging vessel, separating the botanicals slightly to allow more air flow through the botanicals. If necessary, use scissors to clip just above the upper knot, make sure to trim any loose jute ends.

Lighting a Smudge Stick
Hold smudge stick at a 45° angle over open flame such as over a candle for about 20 seconds and gently blow out the flame you should see orange embers on the end. Smudge sticks should smolder not flame. If the smudge stick begins to flame gently roll it in the layer of salt, sand and/or ash in your vessel.

Extinguishing the smudge stick
After clearing and cleansing, extinguish your smudge stick by firmly pressing into your smudging vessel until smoke no longer rises and no glowing embers remain. Do not use water to extinguish the embers if you intend on lighting the smudge stick again. It will ruin the tip and make it harder to relight.

Lighting a Charcoal Tablet
Place charcoal tablet in vessel, “bowl” side up (if tablet is indented), light by laying a lit match on the tablet. If your charcoal is being stubborn, use tongs to firmly grasp one side of the tablet. Keep the tablet a safe distance from your face, body, and anything nearby. Use a match, candle or lighter to ignite the side of tablet working the flame towards the “bowl” center. When the tablet ignites, it should begin making crackling, popping sounds and you may see tiny sparks. Place tablet in your vessel. When it develops a grayish hue, it is ready for use (usually 2-5 minutes). Place a pinch of botanicals, resin, incense, or combination on tablet, (tongs work great for this as well). Smudge materials should immediately start producing smoke. Use tongs to push away any ash when you would like to add more materials.

Things to remember
Burning sage is a powerful ritual that Indigenous communities have been using to clear negative energy for thousands of years. If you’re going to burn sage it in your own home, office, or apartment, be sure to do so safely and with respect for others and the origins of this sacred practice.

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