A 4x6 bag of loose White Sage. Since the dawn of time plants have been our sacred connection to Gaia, our mother earth. Plants feed, cure and shelter us, and legends abound of the power of chosen plants to heal and protect the wise. Archeological evidence has established ritual use of plants dating back 60,000 years. Throughout the world people have gathered herbs and spices, resin and roots to offer to the spirit world. Rich in abundance and diversity of aromatic botanicals, the western deserts and Rocky Mountains echo fragrances of an ancient time, evoking memories of a distant past. Native tradition relate wherever sage or cedar are, no evil influences may enter. To smudge is to purify with smoke from certain sacred herbs. The sacred ritual of purifying with smoke comes from the native peoples in both North and South America. In North America the smoke is created by burning sacred herbs such as Sage, Cedar, Sweetgrass and Juniper. In Mexico and Central America, Copal, a resin derived from the copal tree, is used widely in ritual. To smudge a room light your sage with a match so that the dry material flames. Allow it to burn for a few moments, and then fan the flames out with a feather so that the herbs are now smoldering. It is the smoke that we want to work with, not the fire. If you are having difficulty getting the sage to burn it is either too damp, too green, or not enough oxygen is getting into the sage. If you are using a smudge stick, crush the end of it to let the air inside. When you get it smoldering, continue to fan the sage with a feather. Walk your room in a clock wise fashion and fan the smoke into all areas of the room. Continue to do this until it feels clean to you. If there has been a heavy sickness open the doors and windows so that anything negative can be chased outside of your dwelling.