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The Scottish Ritual of Saining

Saining is a Scottish ritual that is one part blessing, one part cleansing and one part protection.

It involves using juniper in various applications with fire or water, in the ritual purification of temples, celebrations, for health, to ward off evil, to cleanse, and more.

Saining uses juniper and other herbs – either to burn or in oils – to remove the unwanted or hidden, negative influences. It can also be used with other types of spellwork.

History of Saining

Scotland has a long history of using plants such as juniper in ritualistic ceremonies to bless, cleanse, heal and protect – going back to the 11th Century.

Midsummer fires were a tradition of Scottish farming communities, who celebrated with a large fire of juniper wood at the end of June. They believed the fires were a blessing to their crops, livestock, and that it warded off evil spirits.  This celebration is marked by the Catholic Church as the Feast of St. John, on June 24.

Each Samhain, juniper was burned in an effort to make contact with the Otherworld. Scots burned Juniper in Saining their homes to repel disease. They also added it to whisky and gin for health.

Modern Day Saining

Saining is still used today by many. Regular saining safeguards your home, spellwork, personal property and your person. A popular custom is to use saining before major life decisions. It allows you to be fully present, without negative influences.

Saining removes curses, hexes or malefic spells of any kind, including unwanted influences. Saining kits are sold in our shoppe, and are made with ethically-sourced juniper, as juniper has become very scarce. Our saining oil is organic and handcrafted in small batches over a 6-week period.

Grab your kit while they are still in stock. Supplies are very limited.


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