I’ll be honest, every time I ship off any burnable item or our Good Chi Home Blessing Kit I always try to send the customer a special note to be cautious of any open flame. You may be planning to have a lovely ceremony and the next thing you know you have a hole burned in your new rug! As someone who performs space clearings in other peoples’ homes and office spaces its my goal to be a cautious as possible. Here are my top four tips for a safe smudging ceremony
1. Go Barefoot – No joke, during my first clearing ceremony for a client I was walking through their foyer and tripped on a rug. Quick lesson learned! From then on I decided to go barefoot or in my socks when doing a clearing. There’s less opportunity to trip and I also love the grounded feeling it gives me.
2. Abalone shells – Abalone shells are so beautiful. I use them for so many things from housing and displaying some crystals to holding business cards. These are often used when burning sage too. However, it’s important to thoroughly inspect your shell before using it. I’ve ordered in countless that naturally have holes in the bottom. The last thing you want is to have some ashes or even sparks fall though.
3. Ceramic bowl – My recommendation for burning herbs is to use a pretty ceramic bowl. I’ve purchased a few at antique stores, I have one from a friend who makes beautiful pottery, but my favorite bowl was found at the clearance aisle of Target! The bowl is a nice shape with ridges which makes it easy to hold and carry.
4. Break off pieces – Often times people like to light the entire wand of sage on fire and hold that over their shell or bowl. I much prefer and recommend you break off pieces into your bowl and burn those. You can always add more as needed. As a bonus, this allows you to add other scented items. My favorite is to add a bit of dried lavender to my bowl. The fragrance is just lovely!
I hope these few points help you to have a safe experience while smudging. As a bonus, place an order from Good Chi for any burnable item (includes sage, sweetgrass, cedar or palo santo) and we’ll pop in a 3 oz. bag of dried lavender for free. Place your order by July 10th to receive this freebie!