Saturday, July 20, 2013

Slip-on Paracord Bracelet

Slip-on Paracord Bracelet

Some folks just want a slip-on type paracord bracelet, without a side-release buckle, knot and loop, button, or bead type closure. This is just another way of tying them instead of following more traditional tying methods, like some found online, here andhere.

I prefer a finished slip-on bracelet to be a tight fit over my hand so that it's not too big on the wrist. You may untie/retie yours a time or two to get the fit just right.

The photo collage should be easy enough to follow. Click on it to view a larger version.

Supplies I used, are 10.5 feet of paracord, hemostats, and scissors.

To start, find the center of the length of paracord and wrap it around the widest part of your hand. Run the working ends through the loop, making a 'lark's head', also called a 'cow hitch', or 'ring hitch'. Make sure to hold the cords at the fixed size around your hand, as you slide the paracord loop off your hand.

You'll start knotting around the two loop strands as the core. Continue knotting all the way around the core loop until you've filled the space back to where you started.

Use hemostats or thin needle nosed pliers to pull the remaining paracord ends under at least a couple of knots, one strand under the outer side and the other on the inner side of the bracelet. You can trim the excess off to finish, after working the cord under a couple of knots, or work it under more knots if you want to keep the extra remaining excess paracord strands. This can make the bracelet slightly thicker, so consider leaving a little more room when you first loop around your hand at the start.

The section where the start and finish meet may look slightly different depending on which side of the bracelet you have facing out.

You can of course use two colors of paracord by sewing, melting, or super gluing two strands together, with the connected section being in the loop part wrapped around your hand and knotted over. This will give you a 'reversible' paracord bracelet with different edge and center colors on each side.

You can also wrap the cord around your hand 2, 3, or more times at the start for a thicker core of 4, 6, or more strands to be knotted over, but this will also make for a thicker rounded bracelet and require a few extra feet of paracord for your starting length.

Other paracord bracelet variations(or hatbands) like the woven and half hitch types can also be tied this way. If you use double the amount of cord to start, you can do a king cobra/doubled Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet version, after tying all the way around once and going over all the knots again. But, remember that the added thickness will require a little more slack around the wide part of your hand at the start, so that the finished bracelet won't be too tight to fit over your hand when sliding on the wrist.

As Charlie mentioned in the comments of the previous blog post, elastic or shock cord can be used for the core of a seamless bracelet and knotted over, to allow it to stretch over a hand and still fit snugly around the wrist. I'd tried shock cord like that a few years ago, for an adjustable fit slide on/off watchband, but couldn't get it to where it felt comfortable to me, but it may work fine for others.

*Added a video slide show tutorial for this project on YouTube.

Snake Knot

Snake Knot 
Satin Cord Necklace
This knot must be tied with two cord ends.     In these diagrams, the stationary ends of the cords are at the top.
1.   With cord , make a loop around cord , going under and then around over the top and down.  

2.   Loop cord around cord , and bring it down under itself, through the cord loop.  

3.   Tighten both loops.  

4.   Bring cord under cord , around the top of the knot, and through the cord loop.   You will have to loosen the cord loop slightly.  
5.   Tighten the cord loop.   You will now have two loops from cord going into the knot.  
6. Turn your work over so that cord is now on the right.   Bring cord under cord , around and down through the second cord loop.  
7.   Tighten the knot.  
8.   Continue turning your work over and bringing the cord on the right under the cord on the left, around and down through the bottom loop.  
To finish, glue or singe the end, thread the cords one at a time onto a needle with a large eye and weave it into the center of the knots.

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites

I'm in Texas at my sister's house this weekend, and I have been enjoying cooking with her today. We made some yummy appetizers, Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites. These were quick to put together and were tasty little morsels.

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites
1 pound bacon
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 cup brown sugar
Wooden skewers or toothpicks

Soak skewers or toothpicks in a dish of water.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the bacon slices in half.

Put the brown sugar in a shallow bowl and dredge each half slice bacon in the brown sugar.

Take one pineapple chunk, place on one end of a bacon slice and roll up. Secure with a toothpick.

After all pineapples are rolled, sprinkle remaining brown sugar over the top.

We baked them on a broiler pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. They could also be baked on a rack on a baking sheet, just something that will keep them up out of the juices that are released. After baking, crank up the broiler and broil for 3 minutes - but no longer - so the brown sugar doesn't burn.

A tasty little appetizer!

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 20

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 20
"When you begin a great work you can't expect to finish it all at once; therefore, you and your brothers press on and let nothing discourage you until you have entirely finished what you have begun."
--Teedyuschung, DELAWARE
All things have their seasons. All thoughts are real. We must think to cause action and each action creates results. Big visions require many thoughts. It takes a series of thoughts to create a series of actions. A series of actions creates a series of results. These results are what makes vision become real. If we are here to serve the Creator then we can expect to be accomplishing big visions. How do we do this? One step at a time.
Let me focus on what needs to be done today. Give me clear thoughts to accomplish the results that you, my Creator, would have me accomplish.

All-In-One Magic Bathroom Cleaner

All-In-One Magic Bathroom Cleaner
Seriously... Just do it. You will never buy another store bought cleaner again. This stuff is amazing. I could rave about it all day, but then you'd be sitting here reading what I have to say instead of making it. So go make some now! And SHARE it on your page so your friends can make it too!! Feel free to friend request or follow me on facebook so you don't miss any of the awesome recipes I share Jessica Reichenbach
What you need:
-1 Professional Spray Bottle (it is worth the extra $1, trust me!)
-8 oz. Distilled White Vinegar
-4 oz. Lemon Juice
-2 oz. Liquid Soap (I use Dawn)
-2 tsp. Baking Soda
-10 oz water

To Mix:
Add the Baking Soda and Vinegar FIRST and let it fizzle out before adding the rest of the ingredients because it will foam. Funnel in all the ingredients, squeeze out the suds, screw on your cap and go make your bathroom sparkle!

To Use:
Clear the surfaces, use toilet tissue to wipe off any dirt, hair, spilled liquids, ect. Using the lightest spray setting, spray down everything- sink, counter, mirror, faucets, tub and the whole toilet, inside and out. I let it sit while I sweep the floor. I then use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the surfaces from the cleanest to the dirtiest. In our house that means mirror, faucets, sink, tub/shower and then the toilet. Be sure to rinse out the tub/shower really well so it isn't slippery.

Stubborn stains in your tub?
Whether its a dirt ring at the top or dirt stuck in the textured bottom, this will solve your problem! Spray down the problem area heavily, and then using a sponge with a non-scratch scrubber, scrub in a circular motion. Again, rinse very well and then put on your shades because its going to be shiny.

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Horse Council BC-----Tevis

The most famous "obstacle" in the Tevis Cup (Official) - 100 Mile One Day Western States Trail Ride is Cougar Rock. Cougar Rock is a large volcanic outcropping that has been traveled over by thousands of horses successfully. Although horses have slipped and riders have fallen off while attempting to go over the top, no rider or equine has ever been seriously injured. At Cougar Rock the horse needs confident direction by the rider... to get through it safely horses need to hop up through big and small rocks while the rider needs to grab mane and stay forward off the rein. If it looks like too much to handle, they also have a bypass trail to go around.

The Tevis Cup is considered one of the world's most famous and difficult equestrian endurance races. It starts tomorrow!

America's Cup 2013 at Crissy Field, SF

Good Morning

You must listen
with believing hearts
to the sound of
the wild things.
All good souls
the path

~Iron Thunderhorse

Sleep Tips

Friday, July 19, 2013

Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears

No Bake Bites

No Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites

Combine 1 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup honey, 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, 1/2 cup ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a mixing bowl. Chill 30 minutes, then roll into balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge up to a week.
Recipe from Maggie Brereton
Blog: Smashed Peas and Carrots

Anpetu waste yuha po. You all have a good day.

Mystic Magic

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Thursday, July 18, 2013

It Is Time for all South Dakotans to Celebrate Sun Dance

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Sun dance
Written by Sam Hurst

he first Sun Dances of the summer begin this week on Pine Ridge. It is a testament to the vitality of Lakota culture that after almost a century of government and church effort to repress and destroy this cornerstone of traditional Lakota spirituality, there will be over fifty Sun Dances this summer. The dances are closed to the public, and closed to gawking tourists. Photography is forbidden.

In modern American culture, where politicized religion is sold on television like Tupperware, where fear of the devil haunts the sermons of evangelical ministers, the Sun Dance shines as a spiritual expression quietly rooted in family and community. Sun Dance circles have no interest in proselytizing a faith, and no interest in publicly flaunting their beliefs.

For Sun Dancers, the eagle bone whistle, the rhythmic stamping of the feet, the fast, the sacrifice, the love of family provide the spiritual power that drives the celebration.

For most of the 20th century, the Sun Dance and hundreds of other traditional Native American spiritual ceremonies were illegal in America. But Sun Dance culture was not destroyed by the repression. It simply retreated into a thousand hidden canyons, and hundreds of small homes with blankets over the windows. This month, as Sun Dancers celebrate the summer solstice, there are three things that mainstream culture can do to support our Lakota friends. First, leave the dances alone. Respect their privacy. Secondly, we can pick up the slack for Lakota friends and colleagues who "disappear" for a week. Rather than criticizing them for missing work, we should be supporting them. Stronger Sun Dance circles make for healthier Lakota communities. Finally, we should study the history of Native religious repression. Here's a place to start.

From the "Rules Governing the Court of Indian Offenses"-Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C. March 30, 1883. "The sun-dance, scalp-dance, the war-dance, and all other so-called feasts assimilating thereto, shall be considered Indian offenses, and any Indian found guilty of being a participant in any one or more of these offenses, shall, for the first offense committed, be punished by withholding from the person or persons so found guilty by the court his or their rations for a period not exceeding ten days..."

For the medicine men, the rules were more severe. "The usual practices of so-called 'medicine-men' shall be considered 'indian offenses' recognizable by the Court of Indian Offenses, and whenever it shall be proven to the satisfaction of the court that the influence or practice of a so-called 'medicine-man' operates as a hindrance to the civilization of a tribe, or that said 'medicine-man' he...shall be confined in the agency prison for a term not less than 10 days or until such time as he shall produce evidence satisfactory to the court, and approved by the agent, that he will forever abandon all practices styled Indian offenses under this rule."

To our friends at Thunder Valley, and all Sun Dance circles over the next month, our hearts are with you.

Artist: Bruce King Warriors



Elder's Meditation of the Day July 18

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 18
"Our fathers gave us many laws which they had learned from their fathers. These laws were good."
--Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE
The Creator gives us many laws to live by. These are different than the laws of man. The laws of the Creator are designed for us to live in harmony and balance with ourselves and each other. These laws are about having freedom and happiness. Our Elders teach us these laws. Laws about how to treat each other, laws about how to treat and respect our Mother Earth, laws about the environment.
Oh Great Spirit, teach me the laws of the unseen world. Today I pray You open my eyes so I can better see the Red Road.

Native American Warriors

"We do not walk alone. Great Being walks beside us. Know this and be grateful." 

--Polingaysi Q"yawayma, HOPI

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Survival Kit


OK, to start, let me say that this falls into the “better than nothing” category, but with a bit of thought and lots of borrowing of good ideas from other kits and other Instructables®, I think I came up with a fairly useful version. There are many similarities to other excellent entries and some of the better commercial kits, but also a few unique aspects, which I hope you’ll find interesting & useful.

Next, I’ll mention that there are a few “cheats” at the end. I designed the kit to be useful without them, but I think that the ones I mention can make a huge difference in the overall utility of your kit.

On the other side of the coin, I wanted my tin to be something that I could plug into a more realistic survival kit, so almost all of the items are useful when supplemented by a more complete selection of survival gear. A few, like the “mirror,” fall so far short of adequate for a more complete kit that I would replace them. I plan to follow up this (my first Instructable®) with a “real” survival kit, bulkier than a single Altoids® tin, but still small enough for a waist pack or a small fraction of a typical day pack.

So, on to the Kit . . .  My philosophy for the tin is that in most survival situations, the critical items are dealing with life-threatening injuries or other medical conditions, providing shelter for at least one night, and getting rescued. Because of its usefulness for providing warmth, light, and smoke (i.e., for signaling rescuers), fire-making is also very useful.  Water-purification tablets are compact, so those are included as well, as is a minimalist water-container system. Food-gathering is of little usefulness in a survival situation lasting only a day or two, but since a few fishhooks and some fishing line add little weight and bulk, I have included those, as well as a few other fishing accoutrements and some wire that could be used to fashion a few snares.

(Snares are not easy for amateurs to set and place, plus they place some demands on survivors that may be inconsistent with higher priorities. First, hunting by snare demands patience, as well as remaining in the same place for a period of time. Snares have to be set far enough from camp to avoid scaring off game, but close enough to be checked periodically. The best game trails may not be near the best campsite, plus you may want or need to move for other reasons. Active hunting, either by stalking or lying in wait, is a useless concept for 99% of survival situations, not to mention that 99.99% of the population (including me) is not competent to do this with primitive tools & weapons. Fishing does not necessarily require great stealth, plus it can be done within a few feet of camp, if camp is near water, and that may often be a good choice for other reasons, so fishing is the one form of “hunting” that I think is worth considering for a short-term survival situation.)

Picture 1 shows the necessary ingredients for the Kit, or in some cases samples / sources of those ingredients. For most, I have included a link to Amazon or some other source, not implying a recommendation for purchase, but just to give you some reference for the specifications & cost of each item. Top row, from left to right:

1. “Rite in the Rain” Notebook (1 sheet of waterproof paper included in Kit)

2. “Hercules” Swiss Army Knife (not in kit; discussed later)

3. “Deluxe Tinker” Swiss Army Knife (not in kit; discussed later)

4. Bottom of a woman’s nylon stocking, cut off at ~calf level

5. Tiny amber vial with 20 “Potable Aqua” tablets (on stocking)

6. Standard non-lubricated latex condom (on stocking)

Second row, from left to right:

7. Small piece of mirrored cardboard
(scavenged from packaging for a rechargeable flashlight)

8. Small metal whistle (purple)

9. Three mini-glowsticks (luminescent yellow)

10. Mini Flashlight (blue)

11. Button Compass

12. Razor Blade (in corrosion-resistant cardboard sleeve)
(standard single-edge razor blade)

13. Glow-Lime Marking Tape (non-adhesive – 3 feet (folded))

Third row, from left to right:

14. “Gorilla Tape” – 1-foot length (shorter length shown (folded to show both sides)

15. Sandpaper – 180 Grit, small rectangle
(standard “emery paper” suitable for use on metals)

16. Orange 550 Paracord, showing 7 internal filaments (not in Kit; discussed below (on sandpaper))

17. The Altoids Tin, of course!

18. Small Orange folding saw

19. Two Fire-Starting Tinders

20. Flint Wheel

21. Four wind-/water-proof matches in small Zip-Loc bag

22. Match Striker (on Zip-Loc bag)

Bottom row, from left to right:

23. Small plastic vial
(scavenged; used to contain drafting-pencil replacement erasers)

24. Blue Braided Kevlar Cord – 10-foot length (shorter length shown)

25. Green Braided 50#-test Fishing Line – 15-foot length (shorter length shown)

26. Yellow Kevlar Thread – 25-foot length (shorter length shown)

27. Brass Wire – 20 Gauge – 10-foot length (shorter length shown)

28. Two Green Fishing Swivels

29. Large Sewing Needle (Kevlar Cord size)

30. Medium Sewing Needle (Fishing Line size)

31. Small Sewing Needle (Kevlar Thread size)

32. Tiny Pencil (made with heat-shrink tubing on ordinary #2 pencil lead; described in another Instructable)

33. Wire Brad Nail – 1.5-inch
(standard brad nail available at any hardware store)

34. Two Small Split-Shot Sinkers

35. Two Tiny Split-Shot Sinkers

36. Two Small Brass Eyelets (screw into small piece of wood to fabricate fishing bobber)
(standard brass eyelets available at any hardware store)

37. Two Large T-Pins

38. Two Medium T-Pins

39. One Large Fish Hook

40. Two Medium Fish Hooks

41. Two Small Fish Hooks

42. Small Safety Pin
(standard small safety pin)

43. Four Tiny Safety Pins (only one shown)
(standard tiny safety pin)

44. Medium Suture Needle

45. Large Suture Needle

46. Extra-Long Finger Bandage

47. “Steri-Strip” Wound Closures

48. Neosporin Ointment – Single-Use Envelope

So there you have it. Counting all of the water-purification tablets, a total of 82 items, and they are all going to fit in that Altoids® Tin, believe it or not!

Step 1: Cord Spool

Given how little space we have to work with, obviously it’s best to minimize “packaging,” so in addition to the plastic vial, the glass vial and the small ziploc bag, the only other packaging involves making a “card” for the fish hooks and pins, and a bit of manipulation of the Gorilla Tape and the plastic vial to organize our cordage.

Picture 2 shows the plastic vial, cordage, and the things that fit inside the vial. To organize the cordage and use the vial as a spool, I first ripped the Gorilla Tape lengthwise into five strips of different widths. I then wrapped the vial and its lid with these strips, leaving a gap in between each pair of strips. With a total of five strips, that left four gaps, and the Kevlar cord, Kevlar thread, fishing line, and brass wire each got wrapped into one of the gaps, making a compact unit that fits neatly into the tin. The tape is still useful when unwound, and the end of each strip of tape is a convenient spot to tuck the exposed end of each cord, so it won’t unravel easily but can be got at just by lifting the end of the tape. The finished spool is shown in Picture 4.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Native American Warriors

" I'm the only one who's responsible for my soul, if I don't do the right thing here. I'm at fault, not him, not the church, not that mountain over there or the sun. This is the way they teach Indian religion. No one is going to influence you, no one is going to bring you up to your grave, but yourself."
Alex Saluskin, Yakima

78 Skills Everyone Should Know

78 Skills Everyone Should Know

July 14th, 2013 by Jeremy 
Starting a Fire
Survival is based largely on two things: a positive mental attitude and knowledge. With those two covered, you can make up for any lack of tools. Knowledge doesn’t break, wear out, and short of forgetting a thing or two, you generally can’t lose it.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of skills I think everyone should know. This is by no means a “complete” list because there is always room to learn more, and the more you know, the greater your chances of survival. But this will give you a solid foundation and a far broader skill set than most people. Everyone should know how to:
  1. Drive a stick shift
  2. Swim
  3. Start a fire without matches or a lighter
  4. Build a garden
  5. Use herbal remedies
  6. Produce beer/wine
  7. Build your local community
  8. Tan leather
  9. Cure/smoke meat
  10. Make soap
  11. Construct animal/fish traps
  12. Make activated charcoal
  13. Survive hypothermia
  14. Properly load a backpack
  15. Conduct basic repairs (home, auto, equipment, etc.)
  16. Operate a ham radio
  17. Defend yourself without a weapon
  18. Identify surveillance
  19. Build a rainwater collection system
  20. Weld
  21. Accurately fire an arrow
  22. Dehydrate food
  23. Construct snowshoes
  24. Build a raft with a tarp
  25. Navigate using the stars
  26. Right an overturned raft
  27. Build with stone/brick (basic masonry)
  28. Cut down a  tree with an ax
  29. Forage for food
  30. Sew and/or make clothing
  31. Pilot a boat
  32. Shoot a firearm accurately
  33. Find water
  34. Utilize camouflage
  35. Construct a pond
  36. Can food
  37. Ski
  38. Dig a latrine
  39. Build with wood (basic carpentry)
  40. Determine authenticity of gold and silver
  41. Rappel
  42. Follow a trail/tracking
  43. Use less-lethal weapons (baton, stun gun, pepper spray, etc.)
  44. Metal working (blacksmith)
  45. Lose a tail
  46. Operate power tools
  47. Construct a splint
  48. Open a can without a can opener
  49. Drive a motorcycle
  50. Construct a net
  51. Identify animals by tracks and/or scat
  52. Patch a tire
  53. Reload ammunition
  54. Build a bow and arrow
  55. Administer first aid
  56. Identify venomous snakes
  57. Accurately fire a slingshot
  58. Make candles
  59. Raise fish (for food)
  60. Distill water/alcohol
  61. Hot wire a car
  62. Cook without a stove
  63. Survive heat injuries
  64. Raise livestock
  65. Find tinder
  66. Create fertile soil
  67. Make charcloth
  68. Properly store food
  69. Survive a riot
  70. Sharpen a knife
  71. Butcher livestock
  72. Purify water
  73. Make leather products (sheathes, holsters, boots, etc.)
  74. Hunt and fish
  75. Cast bullets
  76. Maintain a bee hive
  77. Use hand tools
  78. Tie a knot

Native American Warriors

"I never want to leave this country...
All my relations are laying here in the ground,
And when I fall to pieces I'm going to fall to pieces here."
Wolf Necklace
Nez Perce

Monday, July 15, 2013

Trail of the Wild---Out and About....

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 15

Elder's Meditation of the Day July 15
"We are nothing compared to His power, and we feel and know it."
--Black Hawk, SAUK
Inside of every man and woman is a place of knowing. In this place is the knowing that there is a Great One, the Great Mystery, the Holy One, the Great Spirit. We can deny this all we want but we know what we know. This place of knowing is at the very center of our being. It is gratifying to know that God cannot leave us. It is said we are spiritual beings trying to be human. With this power in our lives, we can accomplish much. We can do many good things for our people.
Oh Great Spirit, I know of Your power. I love the days when I can feel Your presence. Let today be one of those days. Let me walk today in Your beauty.



Many things have been placed on the earth for our use. One of the major tools given to us are the plant medicines.
Certain plants give up their lives so that we can use their smoke for prayers and cleansing, and the aroma produced by these plants help us place ourselves in a different state of mind thus bringing us into a deeper part of ourselves. Then, as we concentrate on what is happening, the scent may inspire memories, awaken the soul and give a sense of direction.
Many cultures and religions use sacred smoke made from the plant medicines. This is called smudging in Native America.
Often incense is burned during rituals, both for purification and to symbolize the prayers of the worshipper, which are then carried to the Creator along the smoke.
While much is written on the use of smudging to cleanse negative energy, one of its main purposes is to bring vision, aided by the sense of smell.
In ancient Greece, smudging formed part of the rituals to contact the dead, following long periods of fasting and silence. Their sacred smoke was born out of sulphur and minerals in lieu of herbs to part the veil between the worlds of the living and form a bridge to the other world.
Besides producing visions, smudging is used to purify tools and people before an important spiritual ceremony. It is also used to clear sacred space and open the soul before calling upon the Spirits and their healing powers.
The Elders say that the Spirits like the aroma produced when we burn sacred medicines.
It is always recommended to smudge a room or oneself after heavy healing work or a bad argument. This is to remove any negative energy that may persist just like disinfecting a place full of germs.
Healing powers of plants and herbs is universal and across all continents, the only difference is that not all plants grow in one region. People usually utilize the plant or the herb that is abundant in their region
There are Four major medicine plants;  tobacco, sweet grass, sage and cedar that we natives use frequently in ceremonies.


Sacred tobacco is used to make smoke, is one of the most sacred of plants for Native people. It is said to be the main activator of all plants. It was given to us so that we can communicate with the Spirit world and when you use it, all things begin to happen. Tobacco is always offered before picking medicines. When you offer tobacco to a plant and explain your reasons for being there, the plant will let all the plants in the area know your intentions and why you are picking them, tobacco is used first as an offering for everything and in every ceremony. Going to ceremonies you would offer tobacco to the Elder leading those ceremonies along with an honoring gift. This announces your intention and the Elders may ask you of your intentions with this offering.


Sweet grass is the sacred hair of Mother Earth; its sweet aroma reminds people of the gentleness, love and kindness she has for the people; this is why Native people pick it and braid it in 3 strands representing love, kindness and honesty. Sweet grass is used for smudging and purification of the spirit; when Sweet grass is used in a healing or talking circle it has a calming effect. It is said that it attracts the good Spirit, so use it to call in the Spirit.


Sweet grass was strewn before church doors on Saints' days in northern Europe, presumably because of the sweet smell that arose when it was trodden on. It was used in France to flavour candy, tobacco, soft drinks, and perfumes. Widely used in neo-pagan practice (syncretized from North American indigenous practice). In Europe, the species H. alpina is frequently substituted or used interchangeably. In Russia, it was used to flavour tea


Sage is used in many different ways, it helps the people prepare for ceremonies and teachings. Because it is more medicinal and stronger than Sweet grass, it tends to be used more often in ceremonies, it also has physical healing properties, you can boil sage and drink it as a tea. Sage is for releasing what is troubling the mind and for removing negative energy, it is used for cleansing homes and sacred items. There is male and female sage.

Ceremonial use of Cedar (Keezhik)

Like Sage and Sweet grass, cedar is used to purify the home, it also has many restorative medicinal use. When mixed with sage for a tea, it cleans the body of all infections, cedar baths are also very healing. When cedar mixed with tobacco is put in the fire it crackles, this is said to call the attention of the Spirits to the offering that is being made. Cedar is used in sweat lodge and fasting ceremonies for protection, cedar branches cover the floor of many sweat lodges and some people make a circle of cedar when they are fasting. It is a guardian spirit and chases away the bad spirits.
Since it is believe, in many cultures, that the plants we use to burn and purify ourselves provides us with access to their soul and power, it is essential that we ask their permission before gathering these plants. Take only what we need without damaging the plant and give thanks for what we took. If you did not pick these plants yourself, know that someone else did that for you and that you could still give thanks for the life of those plants and the people who did pick them.
The format of the smudging in today's rituals varies from culture to culture and so does the plants and herbs used for such sacred ceremony. In the Dancing To Eagle Spirit Society's rituals we utilize mostly sage (all kinds), cedar, juniper,