Salvia mellifera, mugwort
Salvia Mellifera, also known as black sage, is a well-known and widely used product among indigenous people of Central America, also known as the Natives, especially in shamanism. It is part of the purification ceremonies where these spicy plants are smoldered and their holy smoke is released. It stimulates the gain of visions and expels negative energy as well as bad entities. Scientific research has even shown that 94% of the bacteria in the room have been broken down after burning this herb.
Different types of mugwort are often called "black sage." These are related to Artemisia vulgaris, the species most often sold as mugwort, though they do not contain as much of the hallucinogenic compound thujone. Still, black sage is extremely helpful for inner healing, dream magic, shamanic journeying, trance work, and protection during astral travel. Whenever you need to look inward, or access other realms of consciousness, black sage can help you.
Waft the smoke from a black sage smudge stick over yourself before getting into a comfortable position and clearing your mind. You may use chanting, rattling, drumming, or any other techniques you prefer to help your mind access the astral realms. Trust that the black sage smoke will keep you safe and protected as you travel, and see where it carries you.
So black sage is a purification method that also changes your state of consciousness. It is produced from the Artemisia vulgaris plant, which grows on the coast of Mexico and California.
Sage has a sharp, very pungent smell, to be described as spicy. Not everyone experiences this smell as pleasant. It is therefore more functional than a pleasant home fragrance.
sheafed black sage
When the leaves are dry, they can be burned in bound bundles or loose. This is bound black sage with a length of 22,5 cm (appx 9inches). In this way it is easy to ignite. As soon as the top of the bundle is lit you can wave it with a feather and spread the sacred smoke over objects, people and in all corners of a room.
In our house, we tend to use the wand in a slow horizontal sweeping manner, at chest height but always keeping the smudging dish in your other hand. Just in case you see any embers that might drop or simply you want to stop and place the smudge stick in a safe receptical.
Place in heat resistant dish or smudge bowl between uses.
NEVER LEAVE UNATTENDED WHEN LIT