The herb is in the waterleaf or Hydrophyllaceae, and it helps regulate the water elements in the body making it perfect for the soul and emotional blockage. .The leaves of Yerba Santa can be used in many forms, but the best known is by burning it and inhaling the fumes or vapor. For those sensitive o smoke, Yerba Santa is best used in a high quality spray.
One advantage of burning yerba Santa is that it can be used for a myriad of purposes. It can be used for its healing properties as well as clearing negative energy from your home and from your body too. Yerba Santa is the supportive smudge you need to get over grief, shyness or a broken heart. Its known to shine a light on self-love, and self-care.
Yerba Santa, is traditionally used as a smudge or incense for protection and setting boundaries. It has also been used for love, purification, growth, empowerment and beauty, and the release of emotional pain stored in the heart chakra. Uplifting scent. Burn it to nurture and protect that which is ancient, sacred and wild within you. Use it when you need encouragement or courage.
Light the bundle from the top end or crush the leaves to be burned separately. A light flame is needed to burn the smudge stick, and the flame should be blown out almost immediately. The smoke that comes from the smudge stick is what's important, not the flame. Walk through your rooms clockwise and fan the smoke into the corners, ceiling, and floor. Feel free to open windows and doors to release excessive negative energy that may exist.
As the smoke lightly fills the space, say a prayer or hold an intention of cleansing and bringing in positive energies.
Burning Yerba Santa — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual. Smudging has been well established as a Native American cultural or tribal practice, although it isn’t practiced by all groups. We have the traditions of many Native American peoples to thank for its use. This includes the Lakota, Chumash, Cahuilla, among others. Many other cultures around the world share similar rituals.
Traditionally used in rituals, ceremonies and for spiritual purification, house blessings and spiritual cleansing. The smoke is believed by many to cleanse either a space or the body and aura, drive away negative energy and help reconnect with mother earth.
Make sure the room where you are smudging is well ventilated.
Keep put of reach of children, pets, and flammable material.
Open all the doors and windows. This is essential to not only drive out the negative energies (provide them with a route out) but also as a health precaution.
Do not use if you suffer from Asthma or have respiratory issues.
Do not use near infants or young children or anyone who is or may be pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not leave burning herbs unattended!
If you are just starting out with smudging don't be too worried about which instructions are 'correct' or 'work best'. Do what works best for you and 'feels right’ for you. Your 'intention' is a key component of the ritual so be clear on what you want to achieve and keep that in mind as you perform the ritual. At the end of the cleansing session make sure the stick is extinguished. You can crush the end in sand or dirt, place the cover of the pot over it or simply place the stick in the open water container. Just be sure the stick is extinguished before it is left.