Certified Organic Herbs to Celebrate the Sacredness of Everyday Life

Sacred Herbs - smudge sticks, hand rolled incense, resins, dream pillows
Sacred Herbs - smudge sticks, hand rolled incense, resins, dream pillows
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Celebrate the Sacred. Our Smudge Sticks are generous bundles of freshly gathered CERTIFIED ORGANIC herbs, wrapped tightly with cotton string and hung until dry, then re-wrapped for presentation.

Smudge sticks are traditionally burned to honor the sacredness of an occasion, to clear or protect a space, raise the energy, or prepare for prayer or healing. Our white sage comes to you loose in a zip lock bag.

MUGWORT - Carries and reflects moon energy, burned to protect, enhance dreams and psychic abilities, patron herb of women. Burned almost exclusively by Buddhists in their sacred ceremony.

LAVENDER - Attracts high, clear, tranquil energy. Calming and centering. Makes everything seem bright and new.

HYSSOP- The essence of protection and cleansing. King Solomon used hyssop in his temple.

ROSEMARY - The Greek and Roman Sybils burned rosemary to enter into trance, speak with the gods, offer prophecy. Burn before sleep to protect against nightmares. Creates a safe and inspiring space for healing and meditation.

WHITE SAGE - Traditionally burned by Native American Tribal people in sacred ceremony. Clears negative energy.

SAGE - Traditionally burned by our European ancestors, the same way white sage is burned and with much the same effect.

NOTE: The clinical effectiveness of smudging as a way to cleanse a person and/or space is outlined in a 2007 paper titled “Medicinal Smoke Reduces Airborne Bacteria” published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

The authors open with their intent: “This study represents a comprehensive analysis and scientific validation of our ancient knowledge about the effect of ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products’ smoke for therapy and health care on airborne bacterial composition and dynamics.”

The researchers analyzed the burning of wood and a mixture of medicinal herbs over a one-hour period in a closed room. A massive 94 percent reduction in airborne bacteria was detected over this short period and, as the authors detail, “the ability of the smoke to purify and disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room.”

A very large list of pathogenic bacteria were found to be absent in an open room after a colossal 30 days following treatment, leading the authors to conclude, “We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”

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MEDITERRANEAN BLEND - I have always loved the stories of the Sybils, especially the Sybil of Cumae whose ancient cave is not very far from my Southern Italian village. The Sybils foretold the future in rhyming verse...the old stories say the Sybil's divination was enhanced by breathing fumes from burning herbs...the bay tree was especially revered by them. The herbs in this blend were gathered in Italy last winter - bay, olive, sage, rose and rosemary - with the intention of creating this Mediterranean incense blend, imspired by and in honor of the Sybils. I've finished them off by pressing each stick through a bed of fresh flowers from my Maine gardens, herbs that I consider sacred - St. John's wort, hyssop and of course, rose.

BOREAL FOREST BLEND - There is something primal about being in a forest...we experience a sense of quietness and peace found nowhere else...a sense of belonging, of being surrounded by life...and a part of the great oneness that includes all other life forms inhabiting the region...conifers intermingle with deciduous trees, and the understory abounds with a multitude of shrubs, flowers, fungi, birds and critters who also call the forest home. The gifts of the forest are many, but this awareness of peaceful coexistence I think is the essence of nourishment for the spirit of all.
These gorgeously fragrant one of a kind incense sticks are made entirely from certified organic roses, Our rose incense sticks set a mood that is calm, centered and sensual.

Burn these as you would any incense stick. Each of these rose incense sticks will last through many burnings.

Contains, certified organic roses with a sprinkling of tragacanth gum powder as a binder.
Choose from frankincense or myrrh. The resins are in small chunks and packaged in a clear tube with metal cap.
Herbal dream pillows are an ancient and time honored way to experience the subtle, or magical, properties of herbs. The aroma of lavender is peaceful, stress relieving and sleep inducing. We've combined our lavender with a few other calming and sleep inducing herbs from our gardens to create a dream pillow blend that will lull you to sleep and enhance dream recall.

Contains MOFGA CERTIFIED ORGANIC lavender, lemon balm, roses, skullcap, oatstraw, holy basil and mugwort.

Our dream pillows are lovingly hand-sewn of beautiful cotton materials. Each pillow is stuffed with aromatic herbs and has a pretty label sean on.

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(an excerpt from Gail's book, Opening Our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs)

Burning dried herbs, or smudging, is an ancient method of nourishing the spirit and invoking the sacred. People all around the world burn herbs during ceremonies. I feel instantly reverent when I smell frankincense which was burned in our Catholic Church during my chilhood. Many cultures believe smoke from the burning herbs clears unwanted energies and carries our prayers to Great Spirit. I know people who smudger before important meetings, and others who smudge their house each day. Sometimes I smudge in the morning as a blessing on the new day, in the evening to relieve accumulated stress and tension, or at night to inspire dreaming.

Any very dry herb, flower, bark, resin, or root will burn, but some are more aromatic than others. Some scents are known to have certain effects, but you don't need to be an expert. Just go ahead and burn some herbs in a fire-proof bowl or shell, or light up a smudge stick. See what you like. Experiment. What smells good to you? Burn well-dried springs of your herbal ally.

When I smudge, I let the smoke go over and around my head and I inhale the aroma. I offer some smoke to my heart area, around my back, and down my arms and legs. I pay special attention to parts of my body holding tension or in special need of nourishment or healing. I offer a prayer of thanksgiving each time I smudge. I let the smoke carry my prayers to the heavens. Some of my favorite herbs for smudging are: lavender, mugwort, sage, rosemary, vervain, peppermint, cedar, juniper, St. John's wort, and hyssop.

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