Smudge Sticks or Smudge Bundles are all-natural ceremonial incense, traditionally burned in Native American rituals such as sweat lodges. Increasingly, doctors, therapists, and body workers are discovering the beneﬁcial aspects of these herbs. Smudge Bundles are one of the means by which people around the globe are reconnecting with the power of Mother Nature. The use of plant and resin smoke possibly evolved out of the primordial campﬁres from distant caves. The ceremony of cleansing people, places and objects through smoke is continued today. Not only good for keeping pesky ﬂying insects away certain plant smokes (smudges) could preserve food and hides. Some smudges could also impart protection from unseen spirits and thoughts. To apply the protective cleansing power of a smudge a leaf or resin was heated to make smoke that was brushed over the person or object often with a feather fan. White Sage is burned in smudging ceremonies to drive out bad spirits, feelings or inﬂuences. The leaves are valued for their aromatic properties and are used as a natural moth repellent. White Sage can be used in numerous ways. Native Americans of the Plains Nations cover the ﬂoor of their sweat lodges with sage. They will also breathe through a small bundle of sage and at times rub the bundle on their bodies while in the sweat lodge. White Sage makes the bad spirits sick. They go away from it when it is burned. It does not make the good spirits sick. They will not leave when it is smoked. Good spirits like White Sage.
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