- Protect your hands. The smudge stick gets HOT, make sure use a heat-proof bowl, Abalone Shell or place sand in the bottom of a clay bowl, you need to prevent the heat generated at the tip from scalding your hands.
- Cinders will fall from the smudge stick as it burns - some of which may still be hot enough to burn - so it is important to use a rest of some kind.
- Disable or turn off smoke alarms before smudging indoors - and then remember to turn them back on when you are done.
- Smudge sticks can be difficult to light, so you may find it easier to use a candle, cigarette lighter or taper. These will keep a flame longer and give you a better chance of getting your smudge stick going.
- Walk in an anti-clockwise direction for banishing and a clockwise direction for attraction.
- Avoid smudging around people with respiratory problems.
- Never leave a smouldering smudge stick unattended.
- Ensure the smudge stick is extinguished fully, before leaving it or putting it away.
- Do not extinguish the smudge stick in water, this will ruin it. Instead, smother it by pushing the burning end firmly into a container of sand or fine salt.
- Smudging is often used in conjunction with a chant, or prayer - your choice.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Hints and Tips for Smudging
If you are unfamiliar with smudging, here are some hints and tips for a better, safer experience: