So Eveyone is talking about Sage! Sage! Sage!
And IM GLAD ABOUT IT! This herb serves as a spiritual detoxifier when burned. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the composition of the air, in turn reducing our stress response. So what’s the best way and time to burn it? Below are some ways you can burn sage (also known as smudge) your home, store your sage, as well as why it works—on yourself, your living space, and even your phone.
What is the SCIENCE behind it?
To put it plainly, sage clears bacteria in the air. Sage smoke offers rapid delivery to the brain and efficient absorption to the body. Scientists have observed that sage can clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria in a space and disinfect the air. When sage is burned, it releases negative ions, which is linked to putting people into a positive mood. The Latin word for sage salvia stems form the word heal. Other qualities believed to be associated with sage when burned are giving wisdom, clarity, and increasing spiritual awareness.
WHEN to smudge/Sage?
Anytime is a perfect time to smudge your home or smudge yourself to remove negative energy. The rule of thumb is to smudge if you're feeling uneasy in your space, then smudge. You will feel lighter if you do. Other times to smudge include:
- Full Moon for letting go
- New Moon for new beginnings
- When you first move into a home or apartment
- With the change of seasons (Smudge as part of spring cleaning)
- When you begin a new job or business.
- Before you meditate.
- During an illness.(smudging has been proven to kill airborne bacteria)
- To lift your mood
- After a breakup
- After negative guests enter leave your home.
- After an argument with your loved ones or work associates
Gather your supplies
First thing’s first: The sage you’ll use for smudging ideally isn’t the kind you pick up in the produce section of a groery store.
Instead you can buy ceromonial White Calil Sage here , https://www.lalustreasures.com/listing/698550841/naked-sage-stick
(Palo santo, a sacred Peruvian wood, and copal resin incense also do the trick.)
If you really want to give your smudge session the full shamanic treatment, you can also create an altar for your supplies on any flat, elevated surface—like a dresser, a bookshelf, or a bedside table. Here is a blog i wrote on creating an altar,
Truly the only tools you need for smudging are you and the plant, but when I’m cleansing my home, I like to bring in a few additional elements such as a sea shell, feather, brass bell, and raw egg. The shell represents the element water and the energy of Mother Ocean; the feather represents the energy of the winged ones; the brass bell carries the energy of the cosmos; and the egg is a symbol of life.
Oh, and if you’re sensitive to smoke—or want to sage in a no-smoking zone, like your office—We have created a cleansing mist instead.
Shake well to activate the life force of the plant and stones in water and use it just as you would the smoking plant.
Before lighting up, you should do a quick lap through your home and remove any excess clutter. I like to smudge at sunrise, but really, any time works. Open all windows, closets, and doors in your home, visit each room and ring a bell or clap your hands to awaken the energy present. Then, head to your altar (or another favorite space) and place your sage into a fireproof bowl or your shell. Burn a candle, set an intention, and then light the sage using the candle.
Blow it out so the embers are glowing. With both hands, bring the smoke into your heart, over your head and down the front and back body to cleanse yourself.
Next, it’s time to get your smudge on. Starting on the lowest level of your space, move room to room and use your hand or a feather to waft the smoke into all four corners, where the ceiling and walls meet. Then, direct the smoke out through windows and doorways.Once you’ve finished smudging, extinguish your sage by rubbing it in dirt or sand, on concrete, or stamping it out in a ceramic bowl. (Whatever you do, just don’t put sticks out in water—you won’t be able to use them again.) Return the shell and sage to your altar and give gratitude to the plant for its healing, If there’s any ash, you may place this in the natural world on Mother Earth.
Store your sage safely. After clearing and cleansing, extinguish sage by gently pressing it into your abalone shell
or by allowing it to burn out. Then, open any windows to let all of that stuck energy out.
The idea is that whenever you clear something, replace it with a positive thought or intention.
(Next Week I Will be doing a Blog on African Centered Herbs that our Ancestors used they are alternatives to Sage, SUBSCRIBE BELOW to get on our Email List!)