Smudge Sticks

Celebrating Autumn with Norma Clark of Forevrgoddess Boutique

September, 2018


Autumn Smudge Bundle with Gemstones

Hello, I’m Norma with Forevrgoddess Boutique, I wanted to share some info on Smudging herbs, gemstones and smudge rituals.  I don’t know about you, but the first day of September feels magickal, with apples and pumpkins abundantly everywhere.  I think it’s the perfect time to do an Autumn ritual smudging to cleanse home, sacred space or people, to remove negative or stale energy, banish and release emotions, illness, and other energy needing to be removed from home or person, to prepare for the coming of the Autumn Equinox & Samhain. You might have seen a few smudging herb bundles in new age stores, witch shops or online, there are many to choose from.

Smudging has been done in ancient cultures to Native American, in Spanish countries like Mexico, through Central and South America. Some of these herbs are used in smudging rituals by Shamans.  Some of these herbs can also be used in blessings, after ritual cleansings of homes or people. You can perform a blessing within a home  to invite harmony, love, laughter, tranquility, happiness and prosperity, or what ever is needed at the moment. For personal blessings you can do any of these ideas as well.

You can typically find in stores or online: White sage,  Juniper, cedar, Yerba Santa and Palo Santo. Any of these bundles of herbs can be helpful. Combining them with gemstones and crystals is an additional bonus and can help give healing/loving energy to aid with manifesting the properties you need most. I’m going to talk about a few of my  small smudge sets from Forevrgoddess Boutique, what they can do to help cleanse, rebalance and refocus energy to a positive and harmonious environment or how they can be used for personal blessings.


Small Autumn Smudge Blend

Here we have a beautiful mixture of Mexican cinnamon, Cloves, Cedar, Rose, Rosemary and White Sage. Very aromatic smell. Here’s a information on a few herbs we use for our Autumn blend.

White Sage: Can be prefect for magickal workings – protection, banishing/ releasing, seek wisdom through meditations, helps with grief, good health, healing, longevity, and psychic awareness.

Red Roses: Love, respect, beauty, courage, passion, romantic love, blessings, attract, banish, consecrate/bless, devotion, happiness, harmony.

Palo Santo (or Holy wood): from Ecuador forests, Palo Santo – Shaman have used it to clear energy, and positive energy. To reestablish peace, balance enhance focus to meditation, heals people physical and spiritual level.

Cedar: Calming, comforting, purify, protection, healing, harmony, prosperity, abundance, cleansing, helps focus on goals and meditation.

Mexican Cinnamon: Brought from Mexico to USA. – actions, attraction, inner balance, dream work, harmony, healing, attract luck, peace, passion, protection, wishes, consecrate/blessings.

Our Small Smudge Set is portable, you can do a quick smudge ritual anywhere. The Small Smudge Set is in a little tin box (we’ll provide ritual at bottom of this article). You can either burn them together or separately.  If you decide you want it to be stronger then make a bigger flame.  You can  always break the smudge blend into little burnable pieces and use a small abalone shell to burn it in. (We carry various abalone shell in boutique in 2 sizes.) If you wish to get a little smell burn small bit of each, cinnamon, cloves, rose, and rosemary with a bit of sage. The choice is yours.


Autumn Gemstones

We selected these from our Wiccan Magickal Sabbat Mabon and Samhain box sets.  With autumn equinox coming soon, seasons are changing for fall. It’s the time of balance between day and night, before night takes over and brings winter.

Here are the Stones for Autumn:

Citrine: Stone of happiness, positive energy and thought mental clarity, abundance, healing, uplifting.

Carnelian: Motivation, calm emotions, banishes negative emotions, replaces with love.

Smoky Quartz: Dispel negative energy, protection, grounding, transformation, brings calm.

Tiger eye: Stone of wealth, protection, self-confidence, balance, grounding.

When charging or programming your gemstone, keep in mind the goal or desire you wish to bring into your life. Help manifest this desire to life, say a prayer to your deity, angels, or elemental, ask for their support to bless this new path you wish to journey on. Keep them in your pocket, purse or coin purse as a reminder of what healing qualities you wish to be blessed with at the moment.


Autumn Smudge House Blessings Set

House Blessings Manifest Kit

Brightest Blessings, I’m so happy you decided to change a new part in your life, for the coming of Autumn and all her glory. This kit is designed to help you focus you and your home or sacred space to help “manifest” a new beginning and bring in the desires in your life..

How to Set up your Stones..

You will noticed you have 6 gemstones and an Autumn Smudge blend. The Autumn Smudge blend is to cleanse the area and give it a fresh start with positive energy.

Gemstone Selenite: ( Don’t rinse in water or leave in sun) quickly unblocks stagnant energy and removes negative energy. It magnifies the energy of any other gemstone that’s placed upon it. Combine selenite with black tourmaline. It will protect home and clear any negative energy, and help in protection crystal grids. Expands awareness opens psychic abilities.  Brings mental clarity and deep peace. Helps with angelic guidance.

Gemstone: Iron Pyrite ( fools gold): recall beautiful memories, protective stone, attract wealth and prosperity, energy shielding stone, blocks out negative energy, positive stone. Relieves anxiety frustration and boosts self-worth. Great for memory, this stone helps when depressed or deep despair, luck, money, protection, strength, willpower.

Gemstone: Pink Calcite: balance emotions, calming, grounding, spiritual growth, love, Healing, self work, well-being.

Gemstone: Carnelian: career success, grounding, motivation, personal power, helps with creativity, good health, protection, stop – negative energy, stimulates the conscious mind, helps you focus on the present and current needs, helps over come difficult times, manifesting energy to have your desire come to life.

Gemstone: Amethyst: all healing (mind, body, spirit) inner peace, calming one’s mind, a sense of spiritual insight when in a deepen stage of meditations, protective stone, esp, psychic attacks, helps with grief or loss, releases tension, helps over come bad habits tendencies, and calm anxiety attacks.


Cleansing Stones

Cleanse each gemstone with smudging blend burning in shell, to ensure it’s a positive energy to help with your goal you wish to create. It’s to ensure the gemstones, which have passed through so many hands, to get to you at home, are cleaned of other’s energies that might not fit in. Hold stone in hand take shell and pass it over and under stone to encase it with smoke.


Arranging Gemstones

Once stones are cleansed, set up an area where your stones will be seen through the day (altar, mantel, etc..) arrange stones however you wish. I suggest to put selenite in middle and surround other stones around the selenite so the selenite will energize the other stones. Like a mini crystal grid. If you have more stones, flowers, candles feel free to add them, to help further the goal you have in mind.


Autumn Equinox Celebration Ideas

  • Take walks with autumn changing in your wooded area, feel the cool crisp air.
  • Collect leaves with family, and place them on your altar.
  • Or … Write with black Permanent marker in one word what your thankful for on your leaf then poke a hole thru it, tie a string and hang it where you can see it everyday.
  • Create memories with family and friends and bake autumn sugar cookies talk about what you grateful for or just spend time with them. (our Sabbat Mabon and Samhain cookie cutter and recipe box set is available check the boutique.)
  • It’s time to reflect this time of year on what Autumn means to you, the balance of day and night, finding balance within one’s life ( work, family, school, children, etc) and what goals you want to set for this month September or October.
  • Go to pumpkin farm.
  • Drink cider with friends and family, share sweet goodies.
  • Collect Apples.
  • Do some Autumn crafts with Family and Friends (look on for ideas).
  • Go to some Fall Festivals.
  • Enjoy the fruits and the favorite foods we enjoy this time of year, did someone say “pumpkin spice.” Nothing to big, just go enjoy the Beauty of Autumn. May this Season of Autumn Bless you with Abundance, love, good health, and little wealth. Brightest blessings – N


Forevrgoddess Boutique Charge/Smudging Ritual

Ground/center calm mind, hold the Shell with Smudging inside in your Power hand and say a simple prayer ask for divine power, to bless the Smudging herbs, encircle Smudging herbs with white light.

Open a window.

Light your Smudging herbs in shell.

As it Burns try to focus on cleansing goal/ intent you wish help with. Feel smoke surround you.

Take cupped hand and brush smoke all over body or bless rooms of home, draw sigils with them in air and empower them to life, by visualizing a gold light and start to glow.

Visualize the negative energy, stagnant energy, negative emotions being removed and pushed out.

Feel free to use feathers or broom to push out smoke thru door way or window.

Visualize open window to push out negative energy and welcoming positive energy in. Feel spiritual and physical uplifting of emotions and cleansing.

Once done with smudging ritual, give thanks. Place Shell in a fireproof bowl if necessary to catch ashes and to let it burn out in a safe place.

Brightest Blessings to you – Forevrgoddess Boutique

Look for our Smudging set, blends in Candle, Incense, Sage Section.


About the Author:

Norma Clark I’m the owner of Forevrgoddess Boutique, I live in small rural Paris,Idaho Both me and Hubby are Wiccan with 2 beautiful children and gang of critters. I love to share, inspire, create many Magickal items for my Jewelry and Metaphysical boutique. Come sit for a spell and see the Magick of Forevrgoddess Boutique.


WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

August, 2016

Smudge sticks

Merry meet.

With the gifts of summer in full bloom, its a wonderful time to make smudge sticks. A tradition Ive adopted from First Nations is to burn bound bundles of dried resinous botanicals for cleansing and purification.

At the Summer Solstice, I picked a variety of botanicals: two kinds of lavender at a friends house, mugwort at the back of a cemetery, a rose from my garden and juniper from the bush behind my condo.

Chances are good that you can find enough ingredients to make at least one smudge stick.

Other possibilities frequently mentioned for the making of smudge sticks include white sage, cedar, pine, rosemary and sweetgrass. One source also added sweet clover, thyme, mint and catnip to the list of herbs that can be burned.

I made bundles in various combinations: lavender and a rose, mugwort alone, juniper alone, and a combination of all four.

The thicker the bundle, the slower it will burn.

Using one strand separated from a cotton cord, I tightly tied one end of the bundle. Grasping the bundle with one hand, I began winding the string on an angle to the other end, then wrapped it back down again, forming a criss cross pattern, and tying it off all as tightly as possible.

I trimmed off some stray pieces, evened off the ends and then left them to dry. It will take several weeks before the bundles will be completely dry and then ready for use. Im planning to burn them at Lughnasadh as a reminder that the wheel is turning.

Some common sense actions to take into consideration include picking herbs when its dry and sunny not after a rain or when covered with dew and when harvesting in the wild, to not over-pick from one plant or from one patch.
































Merry part.

And merry meet again…

Witchcrafting: Crafts for witches

July, 2014

Corn dolls and smudge sticks


This month I hope to inspire you to plan a craft for Lughnasadh. It’s still a month away, which gives you plenty of time to decide what you want to do and to collect up supplies.

Lughnasadh (also known as Lammas) is the first of the three harvest festivals. Where I live in central Connecticut, corn is in season, making cornhusk dolls an easy choice. There are many directions available online, some of which I tried to follow before getting confident enough to just wing it. So think about following along for a bit, then just doing your own thing.

I can generally make one doll from one ear of corn. I start with fresh husks that are smaller and closest to the ear of corn, a good piece of the “hair” and some fine cord.

Taking a chunk of the hair, I lay it on the wide end of a husk, the dark brown end facing away from the end. I add overlapping layers of husks around the hair. You might try for at least eight or more. I’ve never counted, so I don’t know.

Then, I tie off the bundle as tight as possible less than an inch from the end. (The further from the end you tie it off, the larger the head will be.)

Next, holding the end, I carefully turn back each of the husks. Some will split, but that’s okay. When they’re all turned back, fold them down around the end and tie them off with another piece of cording. Now you will have a head with hair coming out the top. If there was a enough of it, you can fan it, or you can just leave it a cascading ponytail.

I make arms by taking the longest one or two pieces of the outer husks and split them the long way into two or three pieces. Placing them on top of one another, I alternate which way the wide end faces. Determining the mid point, each end gets folded back just a bit past that mark.

Now, divide the corn husks beneath the head roughly in half. Tuck the folded arms up under the head and bring all the husks back together, making another tie below the arms.

That’s it. You’re done.

There are many variations. For one of my dolls, I used a particularly long stem broken off the ear of corn for the arms. To make a corn man, divide the “skirt” into two legs and tie off at the knees and ankles. Some people make the dolls from other dried grains. As a substitute for corn, I would use whatever grasses or grains I could find growing wild.
Depending on my ritual, my dolls have been placed on the altar as decorations, used to represent the Corn Mother and then burned the next time the wheel turned again to Lughnasadh, or they have been made to represent myself and what I was thankful for at the first harvest and then offered to the fire.

Smudge Sticks

There are things to harvest the beginning of August besides corn. For that reason, you may want to gather up plants and herbs to make your own smudge sticks.
Choose a sunny, dry day. Using scissors or clippers, cut plants to an equal length, such as five inches. You can use plants such as white sage (not garden sage), mugwort, rosemary, pennyroyal, lavender, sweetgrass, cedar, thyme, balsam, hemlock pine, juniper, mint or lemon balm – or a combination of a few.
Know that some herbs, even culinary herbs, give off a toxic odor when burned. Be sure to research and test a small amount of dried substance outdoors before including it in your bundle.

Group several branches with the cut ends together. Take a piece of thin, cotton string (or separate out three strands of cotton embroidery floss) two and a half times as long as the plant material and, leaving a couple of inches hanging free, tightly wrap it around the stems close to the end. Continue wrapping down the bundle, then back up, so that the sting creates a criss-cross pattern. Use as little string as possible – just enough to hold it together. Wrap tightly because the bundle will shrink as it dries, but no so tightly that the string cuts into the leaves. Tie off the ends. You can hang to dry, or place them in a dark place where there is good air circulation. Putting them on a screen or grate above a solid surface, allows air to circulate.

They can be burned when they are dried completely; this can take three weeks or more. The thicker you make it, the longer it takes to dry, but the slower it will burn. To use, hold the end and light, being careful for any flyaway pieces. Allow the stick to burn a few seconds, then blow out the flame and allow it to smolder. To put it out, crush the smoldering end or rub it into sand.

I hope you’ll post a picture of what you were inspired to make.