Rue Herbal Smudge
Rue has been known as a cleansing and protective herb since ancient times. When used as a smudging herb, it can clear out the most persistent negative energies. Our handmade Rue smudge sticks measure about 4 inches long.
In medieval Europe, Rue was known as the Herb of Grace. It was hung in windows and doorways to keep out evils spirits and witches. An Italian folk charm called the Cimaruta is fashioned in the shape of a sprig of Rue.
Rue may be added to cleansing washes, incenses, and all manner of protective charms. It is said to bring blessings of love and prosperity, and to improve second sight. Rue corresponds to Mars, the goddess Diana, and the realm of Faery.
Do not use Rue during pregnancy. Rue has a strong, distinctive odor (don't say we didn't warn you!).
How to Use Smudge Sticks
Holding the smudge stick by the “handle” end, use a lighter to ignite the tip. Blow out any open flames so that the leaves slowly smolder. Next, wave the smudging wand around a room, person, or objects to direct the fragrant, cleansing smoke. Catch the ashes in a heat-resistant dish. (An Abalone shell is traditional, but you can use a smudge pot, incense burner, or even a regular ceramic plate, as long as you put something under it.)
Smudge sticks can be extinguished in a dish of sand and re-used many times. Of course, never leave burning smudges unattended.