Eucalyptus has a fresh smell and a white smoke. There are a number of varieties of Eucalyptus grown each with its own distinction. The best Eucalyptus is grown naturally. Eucalyptus is native to the land of Australia. It was brought into California by the settlers approximately in the 1800’s. Trees were planted in the city of Elk Grove, to use the leaves as medicine and as a wind barrier for their caravans.
Best time to Smudge
A good time to smudge is when you sense that evil is near or during a new moon. In this way, you are clearing out the old energies of the past and making way for the new. It is powerful tools that can help you change into the person you want to be and bring happiness into your life or those around you.
When you have chosen a good time to smudge, it is important that you choose a bundle of herbs that is not to dry and not too fresh. A fresh bundle will have a hard time burning, as it is filled with moisture. A dried bundle will burn too quickly and inefficiently. The best way to tell when it is time to burn your bundle is by the color. Fresh Eucalyptus is dark green and a perfect shade would be a pastel green into a drier shade. If your bundle is too fresh, simply hang upside down and wait to dry for up to 4 weeks.
How to Smudge
When smudging, it is important to open windows to push the old energy out through. You can start at the back of your residence and move into the front, pausing outside the front door for a final prayer. To start, call on your ancestors, angels, gods and your higher self for help. Cut string off top half and slightly pull apart herbs. Ignite with flame. . Once the flame has caused the herb to glow or after 30-45 seconds, blow out and use the smoke as a tool to cleanse the air. Fan if needed or blow air to create more smoke. Offer prayers and intentions to the universe. You may smudge alone with only a wand but, be wary of falling embers. If there is a lot of an ember, use a plate, bowl, seashell or glass to catch flyaway pieces. Smudge you, or places and objects. Be very thoughtful of the fire hazards and what you can do in case of an emergency.
The smoke is used for good health, purification and healing. It is used to also ward off evil. It can clear off scents from other people, animals and cooking. You can pray, meditate, or do something creative to honor the universe. Eucalyptus can be burned in conjunction with other incense to create unique intentions. Try smudging before doing rituals, after a day’s work, before yoga or after cleaning your home.
Deanna Jaxine Stinson aka The Black Rose
Halo Paranormal Investigations (HPI International)