Preparing to Smudge

DO NOT rely on herbal/botanical, magickal or metaphysical remedies as a substitute for treatment from a medical professional. Keep in a secure, labeled package/container out of the reach of children and pets. Always use fire-safety precautions. Smudging may cause irritation and allergic reactions in some people and pets. Smudge in a well-ventilated area. Be cautious, smudging should smolder, not flare up. Never leave unattended.

Long before we were able to purchase essential oils, people sought wellness through aromatherapy. Walking through a flower garden, hiking in the mountains, rain, autumn, and the wonderful smells of baking cookies are all aromatherapy experiences. When you burn botanicals for incense in a purposeful way it’s called smudging. Using smudge sticks, resins, incense, smudge blends, botanicals such as bits of bark, flower petals, leaves, seeds, and powders; smudging for aroma, a mood boost, spiritual cleansing, or ritual, the possibilities are nearly endless. No matter what you choose to use, take the necessary fire and safety precautions, research what you plan on smudging; perform everything with the best intentions; and enjoy!

Here’s what you will need:

Safe Location
Choose a well-ventilated area that is within a clear distance from children, pets, fire hazards and obstructions. Be cautious of where you place your items so that nothing is disturbed or knocked over. Remove those sensitive to smoke such as animals or young children or those with allergies from the area. It’s also important to leave a window open before, during, and after smudging. This allows smoke to escape. Some believe smoke also takes impurities and negative energy with it.

Smudge Material: Smudge stick, resin, incense, or loose smudge blend.

Heat Source: Matches, lighter, candle, etc.

Smudge Vessel: Heat tolerant vessel appropriate for the type of smudging you will be doing. Alabaster shell, smudge pot, bowl, senser, cauldron, charcoal burner, or other metal, ceramic, or stone container that is heat tolerant. Avoid using anything that can be damaged by fire such as glass or plastic. Remember charcoal tablets can burn at up to 1500° F. Use a base plate and add salt, sand and/or ash to help protect the smudge vessel and the surface it sits upon. Do not use your vessel beyond its capacity or heat tolerance.

Optional Items
Salt, Sand/ Ash
: Added inside the vessel to help keep it insulated, (approximately 2 inches is recommended). This helps protect it from 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.

Tongs: Use to hold charcoal tablets when lighting or handling charcoal tables. Tongs should handle resin or charcoal, provide a steady grip, and keep the burning coal a safe distance from your fingers.

Feather or Smudge Fan: One of the traditional elements of the smudging ceremony, the feather is used to waft the cleansing smoke around the body, items that require cleansing, and the space. The feather itself lends to the power of the smudging ritual. Feathers can also be bundled together and made into a smudging fan.

Base Plate: If your vessel does not have a base, use a fire resistant, heat-safe plate, trivet, mat, or coaster beneath it. This will help protect surfaces from heat. If you are using an abalone shell, select a base plate that is large enough to catch any ash or embers that may fall though the natural holes in the shell. A layer of salt, crystals and other items may be placed on the plate to boost your intentions.

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