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Alternative Herbs for Smudging

Cedar (Thuja)

In many cultures cedar is a sacred plant. People have used it to drive out negative energy, bring in good influences, and even to bless a new house when people are moving in. It also smells amazing.

Sweetgrass (Hierochloe Odorata)

This is one of the most sacred plants of the Native Americans. Sweetgrass is the grass that you find braided at the store. When burnt it is sweet and light.

Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata.)

Frankincense is the dried resin of the African Olibanum tree. It has a long history of association with meditation, healing, cleansing, and protecting the soul.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

Myrrh is a bit more common, you may find it in your toothpaste these days, and is a resin from a nearly leafless middle eastern shrub. Ancient Egyptians used it for healing and to embalm bodies. These days many use it for meditation, spirituality, happiness, transformation, strength, confidence, and stability.

Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica)

The wax from the bayberry shrub releases a delicious smell when burnt. Bayberry candles are good luck, so why not add some to your smudge stick

Rose (Rosa)

Many people associate rose petals with love and romance. They are also used for meditation and peace.

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

The dried flower buds of lavender release a light, refreshing scent when burned. They have been used to bring peace, restful sleep, and happiness. You may like to burn lavender to combat insomnia, depression, grief, sorrow and anxiety.

Juniper (Juniperus monosperma)

In some places Juniper was burned for ritual purification of temples, and to avoid illness during plague outbreaks. In modern times it is used to invigorate the mind and body when tired.

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

Used traditionally to cleanse energies and get rid of negativity, mugwort also has a reputation for stimulating dreams. Therefore, many burn it before bedtime.

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