When your home or workspace feels like it is no longer a welcoming haven, when you feel overwhelmed and anxious and under attack, when you feel engulfed by negativity- this is a great time to use smudging to cleanse, balance, and purify yourself and your surroundings.
Known as the Sacred Herb, Yerba Santa has been used in smudging for protection, setting boundaries, love, purification, and growth. Our bundles of yerba santa are approximately 4" long.
How do I light my Yerba Santa Smudge Bundle? Grasp the Yerba Santa 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 yerba santa 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? Yerba santa 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.