Burning sage is an age-old tradition used for centuries by Native Americans and other indigenous peoples as part of a spiritual ritual to cleanse a person or space and stimulate healing and wisdom.
However other cultures have also used sage for its healing and spiritual propitiates. The ancient Egyptians and Romans used sage to treat digestive issues, memory problems, and sore throats and as such is why sage comes from the Latin “salvia,” which means to feel healthy.
What Type of Sage is Works Best?
Sage comes in several varieties. But typically, healers and herbalists use white sage, also known as California sage or sacred sage.
You can, of course, grow your sage in your backyard or buy it in a bundle. You’ll find it in places like new age and health food stores and on the internet from quality suppliers such as SmudgeSticks.co.uk. If you are looking for spiritual ritual we do suggest pure white sage, but if you are looking for sage for more medical grounds or relaxation we advise a sage stick with a scent that speaks to you.
How does Sage Cleansing work?
Sage cleansing is the practice of clearing a space with herbal smoke; if you want to cleanse a room, light the end of the bundle and let the smoke waft into the air as you walk around the space with the burning sage stick. Set your intention and start in one corner of the room, moving through the space “pushing” energy toward the door or window in order to release any negativity and stagnant energy. Pay special attention to the corners of the room, waft smoke into these areas and near mirrors, as well as high-traffic areas like hallways and doorways. Also, pay extra attention to the windows as this is where the negative energy is getting pushed too.
Modern studies reveal that burning herbal smoke can considerably reduce the number of pathogens and bacteria in the air by 94%, its also been proven to reduce stress and other medical conditions just remember if you are burning sage for a way to relief respiratory conditions wait until the smoke has cleared from the room before entering, as the smoke can cause irritations.
When to use Sage Cleansing
Sage cleansing can be used when you feel it’s necessary; it is excellent for re-energizing yourself or helping you relax and re-charge. You might want to use sage cleaning when moving into a new home or office space to clear the previous owner’s energy and set your intention for the area, but there is no right or wrong way in terms of timeframes when cleansing.
Sage cleansing can be used at any time and is an excellent way to release negative energy, and stimulate healing and wisdom, as well as re-energize you and your space.