It often seems like the ritual of burning sage, also known as smudging, is only done when negative energy needs banishing. Indeed, that is part of the practice, but keep in mind it can be performed on a regular basis to maintain positive vibes and energy within you and your home and this is something I love to do weekly.
For centuries, Native Americans have been burning sage as a cleansing ritual. Ancient Romans and Egyptians also have a strong history of smudging to enhance body and brain health. Over the years, I have smudged myself, our entire house, our office, our dog and even my beautiful family and friends.
I highly recommend you to try smudging as it is truly a beautiful ritual to do for yourself and your home. It’s vibrant, earthy scent fills a space with healing energy and potential health benefits. If for nothing else, your home will smell fresh and clean!
Start by getting yourself a high-quality, ethically cultivated sage stick. The type of sage we recommend is our ‘California White Sage’ or ‘White Sage Smudge Stick.’ Do not use any regular old sage as you really need a premium stick.
SO HOW DO YOU SMUDGE ?
LIGHT YOUR SAGE
As you light your sage, call upon your reason for needing to clean and clear your space. It can only help strengthen its healing vibes as well as your mindset.
I prefer to use a candle flame to light the end of the sage bundle. Blow out the flame once the sage starts on fire. It will glow red and smoke.
Wave the hand holding the bundle over and around the areas of yourself and/or the room you are cleansing. Think again about your intention. If it’s something you’re comfortable doing, say your intention out loud.
Allow yourself to be open-minded and open-hearted to the healing effects of burning sage. Be sure to open your windows or doors to release the smoke as well as the negative energy you are dispelling from your space and self.
EXTINGUISH THE SAGE SAFELY
As you finish your smudge session, close your eyes, and take a few deep and intentional breaths in and out through your nose.
Place the smouldering sage in your abalone shell or bowl, or under water once you are done smudging.
I hope you find the time to make smudging a regular ritual in your life and love it as much as I do as it’s such an uplifting way to connect deeper with yourself, others and your home !