Smudge sticks has been a new thing for me as of late. I’ve tried incense cones, sticks and resins but never got around to the chunky smudge sticks as these. This past winter I stumbled upon a trio of Sage, Cedar and Lavender sticks for about $7 at a small little quaint new age/natural health store. I love to smudge my home and my things to clear the air of any negativity or get stagnant energy flowing.
I burned this stick on a terracotta plate I bought at a local plant nursery for about $1. Although not shown, I also use an additional plate underneath to carry easily if walking around my house, to also protect my hand from the heat the terracotta plate may emit and prevent any sparks from falling. Most commonly an abalone shell is used to hold smudge sticks so I may invest in one in the future. But for now I feel my small little terracotta plate works just as well.
I really liked this scent and it was interesting how the cedar scent worked so well with the sage and lavender. I’ve never incorporated cedar in any of my incense recipes, so I will make sure to reference cedar in my next smudge. I prefer resins for most of my smudging but that is because I like the lasting and billowing smoke resins produce. It also covers a large area rather quickly whereas with the sticks, they’re slow burning and it’s energy is slow and soothing.
So for example, I’m cleaning my house, purging old items and kind of on a roll sort of vibe on a Saturday. Typically on a day like this I will reach for resins (Frank & Myrrh, Jasmine, Dragon’s Blood, etc.) because the energy is on the go, moving, flowing.
On other days the energy is quiet, slow, stagnant usually on a Sunday or mid week. I light a smudge stick (skinny or chunky) with purifying yet soothing scents (Vanilla, coconut, chamomile) to invigorate and promote a calming and flowing environment. I slowly enjoy the scent while meditating or simply inspiring my mind.
So if you would like to get into incense I recommend incense skinny sticks to try out scents that best suits you and your energy.
For more on my incense experience check out my previous incense reviews:
How to Cleanse and Purify your Environment using Incense Part 1
How to Cleanse and Purify your Environment using Incense Part 2