The most recognisable Smudge sticks come from the indigenous people of North America where dry herbs, usually white sage, sweet grass, juniper or a mix of these herbs, are bound together in bundles with string that wraps around it from top to bottom.
Although smudging was popularised in America, many indigenous people around the world have their own forms of smudging rituals so it is definitely not something that is unique to the Native Americans.
Some native tribes of Australia for example (the First Nations People) practice their own forms of “smudging”, more commonly known as a Smoking Ceremony
In this next inspirational YouTube video you can learn how smudging is used in a specific Native American culture.
You can find many other examples on YouTube or a quick google search .
Unfortunately, due to over harvesting, the naturally occurring wild sage that is typically used in American smudge sticks is being depleted. But you can buy Australian grown organic and sustainable smudge sticks. One of the many benefits of buying local, Australian grown smudge sticks is that it helps reduce the impact on the over-harvested wild American Sage. You’re also supporting our local farmers and small businesses, and reducing carbon footprint by reducing the distances travelled between the local grown smudge sticks and your home.
Australian smudge sticks tend to be a little more pricey than your typical American variety but the variety we stock are of the highest quality (the way the herbs are grown, harvested, processed and bundled together) and they last longer as well, so that $5 extra you usually pay is actually returned to you in a superior product.
So when it’s time to buy a new smudge stick, remember to buy Australian.
Hope you have a wonderful day.
Sending you energies of kindness, compassion and love.
Sage Netto <3