Incense and Smudge

Spiritual and Magical Properties Incense and Smudge

Smudge sticks are used in traditional Native American ceremonies to purify people and places. There are similar ceremonies in many cultures where herbs are burned for cleansing. Smudging can be used to counteract depression, anger or bitterness. If you would like to try smudging, it is very easy to make your own sage smudge sticks.

This is a list of Herbs used in Incense and Smuge

AFRICAN VIOLET: used for spirituality and protection.
ALOESWOOD: used for spirituality, meditation, luck, love and to strengthen other incenses.
AMBER: used in healing, meditation.
APPLE: used in love, peace and happiness.
BAMBOO: Bamboo is the stick used to hold the herbs and resins in most stick incense. It has magical uses of its own. It is used in divination in Chinese Temples. Used in luck, protection and hex-breaking rituals.
BANANA: used for fertility, potency and prosperity rituals.
BASIL: used for happiness, peace and money.
BAY: used for psychic awareness and purification.
BENZOIN: used for purification, prosperity, knowledge, peace, and psychic protection
BERGAMOT: used for peace, happiness, restful sleep.
CAMOMILE: used for sleep, meditation and peace.
CAMPHOR: used for purification, physical energy and celibacy.
CEDAR: used for purifying, protection and to banish bad dreams. Used by Native Americans in sweat lodges to release heavy emotional energies.
CHAMPA: used for meditation and for creating your sacred space. An auric energizer. It brings one’s energies into harmonious balance.
CHERRY: used to attract love and divination.
CINNAMON: raises spiritual and protective vibrations, stimulates psychic powers, physical energy.
COPAL, BLACK: used in immunity, heart rituals, purification. An earthy, spicy Copal. Burned during “Day of the Dead” Celebrations.
CLOVE: used to drive away hostile, negative forces, a psychic enhancer. It is also used to produce spiritual vibrations and to purify the area.
CLOVE: used to drive away hostile, negative forces, a psychic enhancer. It is also used to produce spiritual vibrations and to purify the area.
DESERT SAGE: used to drive out bad spirits, feelings and influences. An important, strong, herbaceous Native American Plant. Burned for wealth, wisdom, knowledge, protection, and purification.
DRAGON’S BLOOD: Resin from the palm tree. It is used in rituals involving love, protection and exorcism. Burned for consecration, protection, good luck.
EUCALYPTUS: used in healing and to maintain good health, purification and protection.
FRANGIPANI: used for psychic work to restore peace and harmony with its soothing vibrations.
FRANKINCENSE: used as an incense for purification, spiritual growth, knowledge and meditation. Has been used for over 3,000 years and is still burned in Catholic churches.
FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH: A powerful combination that is used for spirituality, healing, protection and exorcism. Used as an incense for purification, spiritual growth, knowledge and meditation.
GARDENIA: used in love spells and to attract good, peaceful spirits during rituals. Possesses very high spiritual vibrations. Also used for peace and love. GERANIUM: used for happiness and protection.
GINGER: Used in money and success rituals, for psychic growth, success, sex, love money and courage.
GUM ARABIC POWDER: used in protective and psychic awareness rituals. Burned for purification.
HONEYSUCKLE: used for love, fidelity, money, protection and clairvoyance. A mental stimulant that aids intuition and psychic perception.
HYACINTH: used for love, protection, happiness and overcoming grief. Guards against nightmares.
HYSSOP LEAF: used for wealth and psychic protection
IRIS: used for love and psychic awareness.
JASMINE: used to create prophetic and psychic dreams, love, peace, spirituality and raising vibrations.
JUNIPER: used to promote psychic powers, protection, purification and healing. Guards against evil and sickness. Used in sick rooms throughout Europe.
LAVENDER: used in love and healing rituals. Used to attract and protect relationships. Promotes sleep and peacefulness.
LEMONGRASS: used for psychic awareness and purification.
LILAC: used for love, protection, exorcism and protection. Brings peace and harmony into everyday life.
LIME: used for purification, physical energy and protection.
LOTUS: The Lotus has been long revered in the East as a mystical symbol of life, spirituality and the center of the universe. Burned for protection and as a sacred offering to the Gods. It is said to attract good fortune and love while promoting long life.
MACE: used for psychic awareness.
MAGNOLIA: used for fidelity and love.
MELON: used for healing and health.
MIMOSA: used for psychic dreams and love.
MUGWORT: used for psychic awareness, psychic dreams and astral projection. MUSK: used for protection, enlightenment and sexual magnetism. Stimulates self-confidence, determination and enhances extroversion.
MYRRH: Was used in the temple of Isis. Great meditation and contemplation incense. Used or protection, spirituality, healing and stimulates crown chakra. NAG CHAMPA: A blend of costly, highly fragrant rare gums, resins & powders for meditation and for creating your sacred space. An auric energizer. It brings one’s energies into harmonious balance.
NUTMEG: used for physical energy, magical energy, psychic awareness and money.
OSHA: A plant revered by all Native American healers for its powerful healing abilities. Used to treat respiratory and rheumatic complaints.
ORANGE: used for beauty, luck, fidelity, love, purification, joy and physical energy.
PEPPERMINT: used for healing, protection, prosperity, growth and renewal.
PINE: used for healing, purification, protection, grounding, physical and magical energy.
PINEAPPLE: used for luck, money and chastity.
PINION PINE: used in healing, money, exorcism and protection rituals. PLUMERIA: used for peace and love.
ROSE: used in love, luck, grief and healing rituals. Induces thoughts of loving affection and peaceful harmonious vibrations. Used for prophetic dreams.
ROSEMARY: used as powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. One of the oldest incenses. Used in love, healing and mental rituals. Stimulates memory and clarification.
SAFFRON: used for love, healing, happiness, lust, strength and clairvoyance.
SANDALWOOD: used for spiritual awareness, meditation and psychic development.

STAR ANISE: used for psychic awareness. Sacred Japanese temple incense used to drive away negativity and to bring good luck
STRAWBERRY: used for love and luck.
SWEETGRASS: used to purify spaces and to attract positive influences. SWEETPEA: used for happiness and courage.
TEA, GREEN: used for money, courage and strength.

Tobacco: Sacred Plant of Native Americans
the custom and belief is that when you pick sage (or receive any gift from nature) you should give the gift of tobacco to the plant first. This is a respectful way of thanking the earth, the sage plant, and the Creator for the gift you are about to receive. Just sprinkle a little tobacco on the plant first, then after your give thanks pick only as much as you need and will use.

TUBEROSE: used to ward off evil and negativity. It restores happiness, peace and harmony.
VANILLA: used for love, lust, healing, luck and mental powers.
VERBENA, LEMON: used or carried for protection and love.
WHITE SAGE: used to purify and protect objects, places and people.
White Sage is traditionally used as a cleansing plant by Native Americans for healing, ceremonies, and to remove negative energy. The belief is that it also said to be mind enhancing

WISTERIA: used for protection and calling higher spiritual forces.
WOOD BETONY: used in protection and reunion rituals.
YARROW: used for psychic awareness, courage and love.
YERBA SANTA LEAF: used to drive out negative influences and restores a guarded boundary of protection.
YLANG-YLANG: used for peace, sex, love, calming and tension relieving’

Note: For certain Rituals and Spells you need a sage Stick made by an high Priest or high Priestess or an a Native American Medicine man/ woman you can Find them for sale online or in new age shops or Pagan wiccan shops or native american shops or in reservations

You can make your own Here is how

Things You’ll Need

Cotton String yes you can use Colored String
Garden clippers
Herbs listed above the kind of herb depends on the Ritual or Ceremony or Spell you are doing

Cut off pieces of the plants in lengths aboutMake them about 18 inches long inches long. For more leafy plants, you can make the pieces shorter, but you may want to use a longer piece for a plant that has fewer leaves.

Cut a length of string about five feet long. Put several branches together so that the cut ends are all together, and the leafy ends are all together.
Take 4-6 sprigs and place them together, smoothing the leaves to lay down toward the stem. Take three feet (one outstretched arms length) of thread.
Find the middle of the thread, wrap a few times around the bottoms of the stems.
Wind the string tightly around the stems of the bundle, leaving two inches of loose string where you began. The smudge stick in the photos contains sage, rosemary and pennyroyal

Wrap the remaining length of string around the base of the branches several times to secure it. Then, gradually, work your way along the length of branches until you reach the leafy end. Return the string back up to the stems, creating a bit of a criss-cross pattern. You’ll want to wind the string tightly enough that nothing gets loose, but not so tight that it cuts off pieces of the plants.

When you get back to the stems, tie the remainder of the string to the 2″ loose piece you left at the beginning. Trim off any excess pieces so that the ends of your smudge stick are even.

Place the bundle outside or hang it up for drying. Depending on what type of herb you used, and how humid your weather is, it may take a couple of days or as much as a week to dry out. When your sticks are dry, you can burn them in ritual for smudging by lighting one end.

How to smudge- –

Light the end of your wand. After it is ignited for about 10-15 seconds, blow out the flame and direct the smoke around your body and/or the area you wish to “purify”. Some prefer putting the smoking wand in a fireproof container such as an Abalone bowl or a Clay bowl and directing the smoke with your hand or a smudge feather.