As we deepen our connection to ancestral lineages, study plant magic, better understand sustainability and regeneration in our magical practices and have important conversations about appropriation in magic, many of us are looking for alternatives to burning Sage and Palo Santo.
We’ve researched and stocked five plants that can be burned ritually in magic to help cleanse, purify, and protect that may be more aligned with your magical practice.
We love these plants for ritual enhancement, purification, protection, and dream divination.
Long Tjärved "Fat Wood" or "Tar Wood" smoke wands. These are amazing clearing and cleansing smoke tools used traditionally in Nordic folk magic. The branches are sustainably harvested - when a pine branch dies, the tree sends the "fat" to the wood, which loads it with a slow-burning substance.
These burn similarly to Palo Santo, a slow and fragrant burn. The smell is reminiscent of sweet yuletide and fresh pine.
Mugwort or Artemisia is known as a “dream weed” for its lucid dreaming magic. Many burn Mugwort to enjoy its sweet-scented smoke, and to induce and enhance potent dreams. Mugwort has long been used in Pagan and Anglo Saxon traditions as incense. Some also believe that Mugwort can improve psychic abilities. Legend has it, Mugwort can also be supportive to people who have been affected negatively by spiritual entities. Hang Mugwort over your bed, tuck some under your pillow or burn some in your bedroom before sleeping to feel its magic.
Cedar has been a long revered ritual herb. Cedar was used for sacred temple doors and then burned during ceremony. Its magic is especially potent for purification and protection. Some believe that Cedar is a key to high realms and the magical otherworld. Burn Cedar in a space that needs to be infused with protective energies.
Juniper smoke is known for its beautiful aromatic scent and its cleansing properties. It was used in ancient traditions for purification and cleansing. Burn Juniper on holy days or when the veil thins to contact liminal realms. Legend says that Juniper was also burned during outbreaks of the Plague to remove and cast out illness.
This incense is a reproduction of traditional Species Fumales incense, found in Pharmacopaeja Holmiensis Galeno-Chymica, published 1686. It was subsequently published in Pharmacopoea Suecica in 1775 and upon it’s 8th printing retitled Svenska Farmakopén in 1901. This recipe can be found in copies of Svenska Farmakopén until the 1930s.
The complex aroma evokes memories of Swedish cottages in the 1700s. Contains warming notes of cinnamon & clove, juniper, bergamot, and a number of resins and herbs. Excellent for ritual meant to call in good spirits and loving ancestors. The inclusion of rose and lavender imbues it with properties of relaxation, so we recommend its fumes fill one's house just before bedtime in the deep of midwinter. Can be burned on coals or boiled in a pot for best results.