Smudging as it is known is the act of burning specific herbs in your space, whether it be home or work place. It is used to purify and cleanse the air and science is now backing this. Research confirms it kills up to 94% of bacteria in the air reducing the risk of various virus and illness’ for up to 24 hours. Sage can also be digested orally by using its oils to create a tea and it is known to be a traditional remedy for inflammations in the throat and mouth. Current research is even looking into how it can reduce the risk of cancer. Science is beginning to uncover the magic held in the sage leaf.
However for the native and indigenous of the world it has been used for hundreds of years. Not just to assist with purifying the physical air but also the spiritual realms within our selves and space we live. The ritual of burning is known as the Sacred Smoke Bowl and similar rituals can found in many cultures and traditions including Catholicism. Although not specifically sage, Jesus was given Frankincense as a gift from the three wisemen often found burning in churches. Incense is found across Indian and Asia and Palo Santo found in South America. Palo Santo being a sacred wood that burns similar to sage. Ceremonies are still prevalent to this day. Burning these herbs is a common phenomenon globally and can benefit you massively. The latin word for sage is ‘Salvia’ which derives from ‘heal.’
How to Burn Sage.
- Find your space you want to cleanse, it can be the whole house, your work station, the bedroom, people or pets. Clean the space of clutter, sweep, mop, feel good about the space and what you are about to do. The most important thing before beginning the burning is to set a clear intention. This intention needs to firmly planted in your mind, say it out loud if you have to, repeat it.
- Begin by playing some music, obviously not gangsta rap, find something soothing like spa music. There is a great playlist on Spotify called Buddhattitude that is perfect. Light a candle and sit still for five minutes. Take some deep breaths and continue to set your intention clear in your mind.
- When you feel relaxed and ready, light your sage. Blow out the initial flames and the smudging has begun.
- When the smoke is billowing from the sage, walk around your space to areas you want to cleanse of negative energy. Make sure you hit all corners on the rooms high and low. Focus on the intention and if you are feeling intuitive the room might tell your what needs the most attention, some say go in a clockwise rotation.
- When you have completed your walk around, place the sage in a heatproof bowl to go out itself and it will continue to burn for a short time. Make sure you don’t over do it. Feel what is the right amount, you don’t want to sufficate your dog.
- The final step for me is to light some incense. It is said the sage as a more masculine or yang energy where incense more feminine in nature, thus balancing the yin and yang. After completing the ritual take a seat and relax, focus a little while on your breath. Tis is a good time journal and set goals as you invite new positive energies into your home and life.
Believe it or not.
Depending on your belief of something higher than ourselves or not, burning sage and palo santo can be as elaborate or as simple as you want. If you want to burn the wood for its aesthetics and smells you should do it. You will be doing a lot more than you can imagine. If you believe it can offer you more whether that be to promote good energies, clear negative energy, or to carry your prayers to the heavens or realms above then get some sage and feel the burn. It will bring you much needed clarity to make important decisions and the wisdom to increase your awareness, all of these qualities associated with name. If you can smudge once a week, maybe at the end, it will allow you to remove the week’s negative energies and to move forward with peace and calmness. Feel it for yourself.