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Smudging ceremonies using herbs, resins, Palo Santo Wood and incense are a custom of many indigenous cultures throughout the world, including North American indigenous peoples. Traditionally used in rituals, ceremonies and for spiritual purification, house blessings and spiritual cleansing. The smoke is believed by many to cleanse either a space or the body and aura, drive away negative energy and help reconnect with mother earth. Make sure the room where you are smudging is well ventilated. Open all the doors and windows. This is essential to not only drive out the negative energies (provide them with a route out) but also as a health precaution. Do not use if you suffer from Asthma or have respiratory issues. Do not use near infants or young children or anyone who is or may be pregnant. Do not leave burning smudge unattended! If you are just starting out with smudging don't be too worried about which instructions are 'correct' or 'work best'. Do what works best for you and 'feels right’ for you. Your 'intention' is a key component of the ritual so be clear on what you want to achieve and keep that in mind as you perform the ritual. At the end of the ceremony make sure the stick is extinguished. You can crush the end in sand or dirt, place the cover of the pot over it or simply place the stick in the open water container. Just be sure the stick is extinguished before it is left.

Clarifying, uplifting and protective, Palo Santo wood is collected from the aged fallen branches of the sacred Bursera Graveloens tree found in South America. Palo Santo Wood should be handled and used only with the utmost respect, with its use being traced back to the ancient Incan Empire. Palo Santo continues to be a deeply honoured part of ceremony, prayer and healing for many cultures. When translated from Spanish, Palo Santo means "Wood of the Saints" or "Sacred Wood" and when burned has a distinct sweet aromatic smoke, with notes of pine, mint, and lemon.

Palo Santo Sticks 10

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