Sage is used for clearing unwanted/negative energies.
To use: Start from the inside of your space, burn the sage bundle and smoke your space moving outward to clear your space. End point must be your main entrance.
Smudge Sticks or Smudge Bundles are all-natural ceremonial incenses, 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, but 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.
Some plant smokes had specific healing properties while others more generic powers.
The smudge smoke is made either by spreading dry herbs on hot coals or hot rocks or igniting dry herbs in a clay bowl or shell. White Sage is burned in smudging ceremonies to drive out bad spirits, negative feelings or influences. The leaves are valued for their aromatic properties and are used as a natural moth repellent (in clothing) or mosquitos (in a room).
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 claim. 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.
Sage is a primary purifier & has the quality of cleansing.
Though frankincense and myrrh tend to bring up certain religious connotations to the western mind, they have been in active use as magical incenses, religious tools, and for their healing properties since at least 1500bc.
Resin incenses are the top of the line in incense burning. Using incense charcoal as a base you can release the intense fragrance of these fine resin granules -- without the dilution or alteration of scent caused by a burning base or fixatives typical in man-made stick or cone incense
Frankincense is one of the most valuable substances of history, used for meditation, protection, purification, and consecration by countless cultures.
Frankincense is the definitive incense resin, and it can be burned alone or as an ingredient in countless formulas. Frankincense is used for purification, prosperity, protection, spiritual elevation, psychic power, and as an offering to the gods. It is truly an all-purpose incense for any intention.
Frankincense tears are the dried sap of several species of Boswellia trees from North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Boswellia carterii being the most common.
How to burn resins:
The charcoals used to burn resins get very hot. Use a burner made for resin incense, with a metal screen or with sand or rocks to insulate from the heat.
We often break the charcoals in half because they burn for nearly an hour. Light the charcoal with a lighter or match, and when it starts to spark, put it in the burner.
lt is best to let the whole charcoal begin to glow before adding any resin. Then sprinkle on the resin as desired, a little bit at a time. lf you add too much or cover the charcoal completely, you might put out the charcoal. Also, most natural resin incenses smell better when burned in small amounts at a time.
Keep away from kids and pets. Let the charcoal burn down completely, and make sure it's all ash before throwing out because it could set trash on fire.