First thing’s first: what on earth is smudging, anyway? For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, smudging is the burning of herbs, oftentimes as a kind of purification ritual to cleanse your space. Smudge sticks are used for this practice and, while they can be made of different herb combos, they usually contain sage. Our smudge sticks our made completely from organic sage grown on Fangboner Farms, and they have been known to leave people feeling far more at ease after they’ve been burned.
Used by many indigenous tribes and cultures, smudge sticks can serve more purposes than simply making your home smell like sage (though that is another perk!). I went to Puerto Morales, Mexico a few years ago and had the opportunity to get a traditional Mayan massage from a woman named Reina in her home. Before the massage, she lit a smudge stick and moved it slowly around where I was standing, wafting the smoke toward me. The smell was relaxing, it made me feel like I was being purified spiritually and, honestly, the smoke helped a lot with the mosquitoes in there! She still had to spray me with some Off before the massage was over, but it did seem to keep them at bay for a while. FYI, you should accept that there will be mosquitoes if you get a massage in the Yucatan Peninsula in a house with a thatched roof. I would do it again, though. It was a magical experience.
My point is that the smudge sticks added to the experience. But…what if I’m not a “purification ritual” kind of gal (or guy)? you may ask. Well, there are many other benefits to burning sage in your home. It helps relieve stress, it can reduce unpleasant odors, and it even has antibacterial properties. So your home will smell great, be cleaner and, even if there is only a teeny tiny part of you that thinks your house might be haunted after you watched The Conjuring, it will give you peace of mind.