What is Dragons Blood Sage?
White Sage coated in blood? Surely not the blood from a dragon! Dragons blood sage gets its color from a resin that is harvested from the fruit of a plant. It originates from various regions; the most famous being that from Sumatra.
“The berries are about the size of a cherry, and pointed. When ripe they are covered with a reddish, resinous substance which is separated in several ways, the most satisfactory being by steaming, or by shaking or rubbing in coarse, canvas bags. An inferior kind is obtained by boiling the fruits to obtain a decoction after they have undergone the second process. The product may come to market in beads, joined as if forming a necklace, and covered with leaves … or in small, round sticks about 18 inches long, packed in leaves and strips of cane. Other varieties are found in irregular lumps, or in a reddish powder. They are known as lump, stick, reed, tear, or saucer Dragon’s Blood.”
The resin is used in many ways such as varnishes, tooth-pastes, tinctures, dyes, in cosmetics, etc.
Dragons blood on its own is used in rituals and as incense – best when combined with other herbs and burnt on charcoal like the bakhoor that is found so easy in the Middle East.
Why is it added to White Sage?
White sage is known to clear out any negative energies from your space. Loved by healers to cleanse their space after a heavy session. Dragons blood when added to regular white sage – enhances the benefits of the white sage and gives you the extra boost of metaphysical protection
Benefits of Dragons Blood Sage
Dragon’s blood is good to use when performing rituals for cleansing and protection. It takes away negative energies. It is also used in blessings. Modern magickal practitioners use dragon’s blood for various purposes as it is said to increase the potency of magickal workings, aid in returning lost love, and has powerful protection properties. It is used to cleanse an area of negativity & for energizing psychically, magickally and spiritually. It is also said to enhance health, virility and to cure impotency. Dragon’s blood is also known to act as a strong detox and blood cleaner.
What is Smudging?
The process of burning a bunch of burning dried herbs or leaves as this sage bundle is called smudging. It can be an easy walk through the home and allowing the smoke to clear the energy of the space or it can be as elaborate as a ceremony; where people drum, sing, chant while another person fans the smoke of the sage with a feather all around.
Do the method that works best for you but remember that intent is important. Sage is burned to cleanse and purify.
Once you are done with smudging you can use prayers, anointing oils, holy water, incense or Palo Santo to bless the space. By doing this we are inviting the angels and our ancestors to come into our space and take care of us.
How often should you Smudge your space?
We always recommend going with your intuition. If you are reading this information now, there is a very good chance that you already have developed or are working on developing your intuitive skills. However, a good time to bring out the smudging stick would be:
- After a healing session
- If you have too many visitors in your space
- Definitely after an argument or any stressful situation
- When the planets are done doing fun things, such as an eclipse, a full or new moon night or after Mercury Retrograde (thats a big one)!
- Before you start any prayers or rituals
- If you have a lot of negative thoughts
- When you feel weighed down by your emotions
How should you use your smudging stick?
Clear your mind. Set an intention – it can be as simple as “Thank you for cleansing the energy in my space”.
We recommend you take along your Abalone Shell with a small tea light in it as Smudge bundles tend to go off and need re-lighting.
Light one end of your smudge stick and walk around your space moving the smoke in all directions with a feather or your hand. Make sure you cover the corners of each room – energy is stickiest in the corners and in heavy furniture and curtains.
Once done – simply place your smudge stick in your Abalone Shell. Most smudge sticks will usually go off themselves in a couple of minutes. If it doesn’t, you can snuff the smudge stick against the abalone shell.
*Never leave your smudge stick un-attended while it is still giving out heavy smoke.*
Can you cleanse your crystals with your smudge stick?
Definitely yes! It’s the safest method to cleanse your crystals without having to worry if it will damage your crystals. Read more about cleansing your crystals in this post.