Sometimes it feels like your life is a roller coaster- sometimes up, sometimes down, and you're never quite sure what to expect next. If you're looking for a steadying influence- something that will make the dips a little less drastic, and the high points a bit more consistent- the lowly basil plant may be just the herb you need.
Basil is an excellent partner to pair with sage in your smudging routine. Where sage is best known for driving away negative energies, basil works to attract positive influences. Whether you are searching for love, or success, or better health, basil is a good choice for replenishing the blessings in your life.
Our bundles of sage and basil are approximately 4" long.
How do I light my Sage and Basil Smudge Bundle? Grasp the Sage and Basil Smudge Bundle at one end, and hold it with the other end pointed slightly downward. Hold a lighter, match, or even a lit candle, to the tip of the bundle. Once it catches, let it burn for a few seconds before you press the tip against a fire-proof surface (a bowl or shell works well) just long enough to extinguish the flames. Leave the smoldering embers, though. This is what will release the fragrant smoke, and let the herb do its job.
Now what? Fix your intention firmly in your mind before you begin. Gently waft the smoke from the smoldering sage and basil over and around you and/or your tools, as you focus on driving away the bad vibes. Or if you are smudging your home, go from room to room, along the walls and into every corner, again, focussing on your purpose as you proceed. Be sure to open all doors and window give any malevolent spirits a route to depart.
Now how do I extinguish my herbal bundle? Sage and Basil does not burn particularly vigorously. Once you stop moving around, and place the herbal bundle on a fire-proof surface, it will go out on its own after a few minutes. You do not need to wet your bundle to make it go out.