Sage Smudging is one of the most traditional and common ways to clear and bless a space or an object. Smudging is simple and direct: Just light the sage bundle, blow it out so it smolders, and walk around the room or house, fanning the smoke. This works for most home clearing needs.
A New Smudging Alternative
Sometimes people ask if there is an alternative, either because they do not like the scent or because they don’t like smoke or because they’ve tried smudging with sage and it isn’t as effective in their space. Of course, we offer smokeless smudge spray for those who can’t do a smokey smudge. Our spray is a blend of sage, cedar and sweetgrass oils to provide energy clearing in places where smoke can’t go.
Palo Santo (Holy Wood) is what we have traditionally offered as an alternative traditional smoke. Palo Santo wood is the blessing wood traditionally used in South American Native Cultures.
Now we add a third option, Sahumerio, which includes Palo Santo as its main ingredient. It also adds more herbs in a mix of plants which is used in Peru by Shamans for house clearings. It is a powerful purifying blend drawing from multiple cultures. We’ll detail the historical use of each ingredient here, in case you want to mix your own.
This is a blend of herbs and woods which can be burned on a small charcoal tablet in a heat safe dish and used to smudge an area, person or an object.
What is Sahumerio?
Sahumerio literally means perfuming with incense. This Sahumerio mixture is the combination of Palo Santo, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Alucema (Lavender) and Myrrh. This incense mix is traditionally used by shamans in Peru to do ceremonies for purify houses and take out the bad energy. Creates a protective boundary, as well.
Incense Blend Ingredients
Palo Santo – Palo Santo (Burseara Graveolens) literally means “Holy Wood.” When it is burned, the sacred smoke provides energetic protection, removes bad energy, uplifts the spirit and brings good luck. Traditionally used by the Incas and indigenous people of the Andes, it is a spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing, and it also gets rid of evil spirits and misfortune.
Palo Santo has been used for thousands of years in Peru and Ecuador by shamans, curanderos and healers in ceremonies and healing rituals.
Eucalyptus Leaves – Drives away evil and is used to purify any space. Also used for clearing negative energies from an object, and promotes healing. Provides a barrier against people with bad intent.
Rosemary – Rosemary was the garland of choice for the Romans’ household gods, and they purified their flocks by smudging them with this protective scent. In England, this scent was considered to protect against pesky witches as well as to attract friendship.
Alucema (Lavender) – Lavender was historically used by the Greeks and Romans to perfume bath water, and as an incense to the Deities. Consider lavender for help in acquiring magickal skills, especially Hermetic magic. In some magickal traditions, this scent is combined with rosemary to make a calming perfume that helps one acquire wisdom.
Myrrh – Recorded use of Myrrh goes back over 4,000 years.It is a key ingredient in the ancient Egyptian Kyphi temple incense, and the ancient Greek perfume, Megaleion.
Using Sahumerio Incense
Sahumerio is perfect to burn as a blessing for a new home or home situation (as when people move in or out). If you are creating a sacred space for ritual, meditation, healing or yoga, this blend has the additional healing and protective properties to keep the space clean. Burn on a small charcoal tablet in a heat safe dish and used to smudge an area, person or an object.
You don’t have to burn it this blend, The Palo Santo, Eucalyptus and other herbs make a strong aromatic sachet to provide a gentle, ongoing energy cleanse. You might want to use some of the blend as a sachet, or sprinkle in the corners, or carry some in with you in a pouch for the energetic effects of the plants.
Sahumerio Shaman Blend Incense is available from Eye of Horus in one ounce packets, which will provide for multiple uses.