How to use your Palo Santo and white sage smudge sticks

For those that are new to holistic wellness, the uses and benefits of things like Palo Santo, white sage and other native herbs may not be immediately clear. In Native American culture, smudge sticks are used in special smudging ceremonies and help to both clear negative energies as well as attract more positive energy. There are a variety of herbs that are used and each has varying affects.

How to use Palo Santo wood sticks

  1. Use one stick at a time.
  2. Light the Palo stick with a match or a lighter.
  3. Allow it to burn for thirty seconds to a minute, then carefully blow it out.
  4. Move the stick around the house clockwise, starting at the front door and heading slowly around the house, space or car that you wish to energise.
  5. Allow the smoke to waft around the house, opening cupboards, and behind doors, using your hands to waft the smoke into those areas.

Palo Santo wood sticks can help brighten energy and promote feelings of positivity and joy. The scent has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, aid in relaxation and enhance clarity and concentration. They can also be re-used over and over again.

Please make sure they are always out before heading to bed or going out for the day. Once you have finished, make sure you put it in a fireproof bowl or if you don’t have one, then lightly press the stick into earth or sand.

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How to use white sage smudge sticks

I always have a window or a door open to let the smoke out along with the negative energy. Once I have done the smudging on a Sunday evening I then head for a shower or bath and feel really relaxed and ready for the week ahead.

  1. Use one stick at a time.
  2. Light the smudge stick with a match or a lighter.
  3. Allow it to burn for thirty seconds to a minute, then carefully blow it out.
  4. Similar to the Palo Santo, I always start at the front of the house and then move clockwise around the house. I also move very slowly, making sure I do the perimeter of my home.
  5. Make sure you allow the smoke to drift into even the hidden spaces like inside closets, basements and dark corners, inside cupboards, behind doors and use the smoke to waft it around.

I use a smudge stick once a week on a Sunday so I am ready for the week ahead!

Burning white sage is an age-old ritual known as smudging and it can be used to cleanse you and your home of negative and stagnant energy — it’s like an energetic shower.

But, why is it so important? Well think about how you feel when you’ve been in the company of uplifting, positive people or at a event where everyone is enjoying themselves. Have you felt that energetic shift that has you smiling for days? This is the feeling I get once I have sage.

Research shows that burning sage kills 94% of airborne bacteria. It also showed that the room stayed almost entirely bacteria-free for 24 hours. Smudging with sage or palo santo produces a medicinal smoke that has antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties. This means that when I burn the smudge, it can help purify and ride the air of bacteria, viruses, and fungi—wish is great for me to help stop bugs!

There’s also absolutely no right or wrong way to smudge your home. You can create your own smudging ritual and it can be as simple or spiritual as you’d like. It is a very calming ritual though and so please try and find at least 15–20 minutes to enjoy it.

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