Sage belongs to the Salvia plant family and is derived from the Latin word salvere, which means “to heal.” “Aside from the metaphysical uses of smudging, research is showing that sage can also be used to benefit physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Sage has powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities, can improve mood and cognition, can serve as an insect repellent, and can even help with sleep quality by easing insomnia.
Spiritually speaking, burning sage is also thought to ward off negativity and toxicity. You can think of it like clearing the slate for more positivity to enter your space.
- Burn sage, you light the end of the bundle. Allow fire to go out and smoke to billow up.
- Let the smoke waft into the air.
- If you are trying to cleanse the air in a room, you’d then walk around the space with the burning wand. Making sure you get the corners, pushing the energy towards the door.
- You can also place the burning sage bundle in a fire safe dish or abalone shell.
- Extinguish out in dish.
- Now that you’ve cleared the energy and created a new, pure space, infuse it with your own positive thoughts and intentions. Burning your favorite incense or palo santo wood is an excellent way to do this; between sage’s cleansing powers and the healing, uplifting properties of palo santo, they really are a dynamic duo.