How to Smudge with Herbalaria Guava Leaves
In 2015, I began publicly sharing the knowledge of our long lost medicine, the guava leaves--a healing plant most elders remember using back home in the Philippines. I always use them in my rituals and healing sessions to clear energy.
Our ancestors would boil guava leaves into tea as a postpartum wash for the new mother, as a calming drink for belly aches, a soothing tisane for irritated skin, an antiseptic after circumcision, and so much more. Albularyos would also burn the leaves as a way of smudging and spiritually cleansing the person. Smudging would get rid of attachments, negative entities, and illnesses.
The message of ancestors is accessed at the roots of the Herbalaria guava tree. They grow deep into compost-enriched soil, guarded by the elder guardian fruit tree, Grandmother Orange.
Leaves are then gathered and hand-picked in ritual, with ultimate reverence for the Ancestral medicine. Once the spirits of our land have given their blessing to package them, we make them available to the Herbalaria tribe.
Here’s how you can smudge yourself with Herbalaria guava leaves:
- Select one guava leaf from the packaging, burn at the tip and allow smoke to waft over you. Be sure to have a heat-resistant dish nearby to catch any falling embers.
- Select 2 or 3 guava leaves from the packaging and place leaves in an earthenware pot on a heat-resistant surface. Begin burning one leaf and add another. If the flame grows too big, blow out until smoke wafts. Stand or squat above the pot and let the smoke bathe over your body, allowing the cleansing properties to work through your aura.
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