The Gaelic practice of smoke cleansing. Scottish Gaelic word Saen, to “sain” is the Irish + Scottish meaning to charm, protect, activate, or recharge. It can be performed with water, smoke and fire.
And Fat Wood from a fallen pine makes the perfect smoke cleanse tool.
Pine is abundant in my region and I actually have three huge ones in my yard.
The fallen branches are known as fat wood or pitch and can be splintered and dried to use in place of Palo Santo. The pine must be fallen, not cut. Because a damaged branch, before it falls, has produced resin as a healing defense. It is this resin that creates the slow and fragrant burn.
These three guardians of my home are also abundant with offerings for other types of saining:
•Pine cones to tuck intentions into and toss on a bonfire.
•Tiny seedlings to harvest and cold infuse in water overnight for floor washes.
•Fallen needles woven into tiny wreaths
I treasure the gifts and wisdom my pines bestow 💚