To Sage means to cleanse.
Emotionally, physically and spiritually, when you burn sage you are creating space for healing.
Sage is an herb commonly known for its use in cooking. The sage we are talking about here is White American Burning Sage, a different form of sage which cleanses and purifies people, spaces and items.
While Native American sage burning is the most commonly recognized form of it today, it has indeed become a shared practice in cultures all over the world.
First let’s talk about why you should sage.
Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or space. Sage is known to remove unwanted energy and clear away any bad ‘ju-ju’.
Sage is also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and even better, an insect repellant.
Though scientifically unproven, burning sage is thought to release negative ions, purifying the air. This is great news for those with allergies and respiratory conditions!
Burning Sage also dispels negativity, reduces anxiety and enhances intuition.
White American Sage is the one you should use, and you can purchase it at any new age shop, online, or even your local Whole Foods in the supplements section.
There is a great online store where I purchase mine, https://www.shamansmarket.com/ It is the most authentic & powerful I have found.
Sage burning cleansing rituals can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be, but it’s of the highest importance that your intention be clear before you begin.
If you are burning sage to purify a space, or a person (this includes yourself) then this needs to be clearly planted in your mind before you the light the sage, and while taking the smoke around a home, or through a space.
While ‘saging’ around yourself or another, please be sure to go from the top of the head and work your way down, as to purify the energy through and then out. You also want to make sure you open the windows, so that the stagnant energy can be released to allow the fresh energy/air to circulate. What’s the point to keep the windows closed, as all the stagnant air will just stay.
It’s also a great idea to sage a new piece of jewelry after purchase , or any new trinket so that the only energy on it is yours. As you can tell, I am a bit sage happy! 🙂
I light sage before and after reading for any client. I set my intention before to clear myself for the reading, and then after to clear the space and myself of the previous clients energy, getting ready for the next client.
I also sage my cards & crystals after each use.
Once a week, and often daily, I go through my home ‘saging’ all of the corners in each room. Extreme? Maybe, but the space and me always feel lighter afterwards.
After you light the sage, be careful not to breathe it in directly and remember: A little bit goes a long way, you don’t want to smoke yourself out!
Clear your mind as you walk through your space with the sage and allow your intuition to guide you to the areas that need the most cleansing.
This will mostly be the areas with the heaviest foot traffic i.e.- the front doorway , your sleeping & working areas, etc…. like I mentioned earlier once a week is perfect but feel free to do it more than that.
Those are the basics! Pretty simple practice yet highly effective. This is truly very healing and cleansing, give it a try.