What Is Sage Smudging?
The practice of smudging, or purifying a room with the smoke of sacred herbs, is used as help to clear negative energy from a space. And the apparent benefits are steeped in science-when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood.
To practice smudging at home, it’s important to be respectful and learn how to handle the herbs according to traditional protocols.
Dried white ceremonial sage has a distinctly beautiful scent when burned. And if you are new to this practice, just try to be open minded about it.
Smudging your sacred space, your home or office, or even your body with sage is like taking an energetic shower, or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air, and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress response.
The use of incense and other smoke and vapor to connect humans to the spirit world, can be easily traced throughout the East in parts of Asia and even dating as far back to Ancient Greece.
The use of dried white sage however, is a 2,000 year old Indigenous American practice. The shamans used dried sage plants on their fires as a ritual of calling upon ancestral spirits. Any conflict, anger, illness or evil was absorbed by the sage smoke to be released or cleansed from the energy field of a person.
When You Should Do It?
Some ideal times to sage smudge your aura and space would be:
- When you move into a new living space
- Upon returning home from crowded situations
- After an argument or any illness
- Before meditation
- When you begin a new job or start your own business
- Before and after a guest enters your home
- Before and after a yoga or healing session
How To Do It?
Before you begin, open a window or door. Place the herbs in an abalone shell, or a clay bowl, and light them with a wooden match. Then gently blow out the flame, letting the material continue to smolder.
When you’ll have a nice smoke going, use you hand or a feather to direct the smoke over your body from your feet up to your head, then back down again. As you do this, visualize the smoke taking away with it any negative energy from your life, any darkness or malady.
When you finish, you can leave the bowl in a safe place and let it burn, filling the room with fragrant smoke.
Treat any leftover ashes with intention. A proper way to dispose of them is to take them outdoors and leave them on the earth.
The sage ceremony lifts the veil between the everyday and the sacred. As you say your incantation, you are shifting energy at will.
Try it, it is fun and purifying!