Dried sage, sweetgrass, lavender, and rose bundled into a fragrant smudge stick
Lighting a smudge stick creates a fragrant smoke that purifies and rebalances the space within a home and within ourselves. The combination of these plant scents is particularly aromatic and inspirational. Smudging becomes a very personal ritual as it allows us to send our prayers, hopes, and dreams into the air with the smoke.
The smudging ritual—in which a bundle of sacred herbs is lit, creating a fragrant smoke that cleanses the air—is a traditional ceremonial practice of the Native Americans, though it has been used among Buddhists and Hindus as well. The smoke is said to bless a space and rebalance one’s life. The smudging herbs themselves have special powers: white sage clears negative energies and awakens the soul; sweetgrass is the “sacred hair of mother earth,” representing love, kindness and honesty; lavender brings protection and calms the mind; and the rose scent bolsters courage and enhances love. Traditionally, the tip of a smudge stick is lit over a ceremonial bowl or shell, which is then carried around the space to be cleansed while one gently blows on the embers. A feather is sometimes used to fan the smoke about. After smudging, the bundle is extinguished in the container with sand and saved for future use. Each stick is about 5” and is wrapped with naturally dyed organic thread.
Adrienne Fisher, the founder of Meraki Nomad, has a Native American background, a wanderer’s curiosity, and a deep appreciation for the sacred arts. A nomadic spirit inspires her company’s handmade goods, sourced through her travels around the world and chosen with a passion for healing and ritual. Her collection of makers’works is curated with a dedication to telling the story of an object, revealing its inspiration, and most of all, its soul.
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