If you have a need to clear the air of “stuff” hanging around and you aren’t a fan of traditional sage wands that clear the air with negative ions, you can wrap yourself a batch of herbal smudge sticks in seconds, dry them in the kitchen and smudge ceremonial magic into your home any time you need it!
To make these lovely bundles, grab yourself some organic rosemary (maybe left over from cooking?) and some lavender if you have some handy. If you have no lavender, rosemary on its own is a potent herb.
Here’s a little of the magical lore of rosemary from The White Goddess to start:
” Rosemary, when burned, emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, and so is smouldered to rid a place of negativity, especially prior to performing magick. It is one of the oldest incenses.
When placed beneath the pillow rosemary ensures a good sleep and drives away nightmares. Laid under the bed it protects the sleeper from all harm. Rosemary is also hung on the porch and doorposts to keep thieves from the house and is carried to remain healthy. Placed in the bath it purifies.”
Now, if you want to repel bugs, tossing some rosemary (or the whole bundle) in a campfire will help you along, as the smoking herbs are a natural bug repellant.
As for lavender, well, what’s not to love?!
Here are some historical uses for lavender burning from Sacred Serpent:
” Lavender has powers of protection and cleansing. It has traditionally been used in herbal medicine for many infectious diseases and has a soothing effect on the nervous system. Magically it is used for protection and also for love. Lavender brings a positive energy, opens the heart chakra and calms the mind.”
To make these:
Take organic rosemary & lavender…
(both can be on their way out, drying up… it speeds the process actually)
…and some rose petals if you have any organic roses around simply because they are lovely.
Hold a healthy bunch tightly in one hand and start wrapping with some burnable twine (I do organic fibers or thick string) from the bottom up.
While the one shown has a lot untied, I tend to tie these all the way to the top, simply wrapping tightly around. The more compact the better.
Now, twist back down to the botton and finish by making a knot.
Hang these or leave them on a tray until they are fully dried out.
To burn, as a ceremony, open your windows and place them over a fireproof bowl (I do this near a sink so I’m always fire-safe) and light with a long match. As they burn, imagine your space being filled with freshness and ay lingering toxic energy leaving your space.
I LOVE this!
And of course you can always burn trusty sage to clear the air, too!
Keep things light and fresh and moving and you’ll always have space for new and wonderful things to grow!!!
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