White sage is a sacred herb that has been used for centuries to cleanse people, places, and objects of negative energy. “Smudging” is an ancient practice from Native American and other indigenous cultures, in which dried sage is burned to release it’s purifying and aromatic smoke. As the smoke carries, it picks up on dense, stale, and unwanted energy, carrying it away and leaving behind a light, balanced, high vibrational energy.
Sage is an aromatic plant native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean. It has the power to drive out negative energies, spirits, and influences.
How Do You Smudge?
1. Decide on what tool (herb) you are going to smudge with. You can use a smudge stick or use a smudge bowl. Plants often used for smudge sticks are Sagebrush, sage, sweetgrass, cedar, mugwort, juniper, yerba santa, sandalwood, and rosemary. You can find a variety of smudge mixes to make on the internet or by attending your local shop that carries an assortment of smudges.
2. Use a fire safe dish to burn it on; shells are most commonly used. If you’re burning loose sage, you will need some shell, bowl or plate that can take the heat. If you’re burning a smudge stick, you need something to rest it on. That can be a plate, ashtray, or shell, just make sure it’s burn-proof.
3. Light up. If you’re burning loose herbs, let them burn for a few seconds and blow the flame out. Be careful when you blow; loose sage can become airborne pretty easily. If you’re burning a smudge stick, let it burn a bit longer before blowing it out, as sticks tend to consume less quickly.
4. If you’re clearing a room, walk around and guide the smoke until you feel the energy shift. As you are waving the smoke throughout the areas with your hand or a feather think positive intentions and ask for the white light to protect and clear the space.
5. Let the smudge burn out. The idea here is burning what you need and hopefully having it self-extinguish by the time you’re done.