Benefits of Burning Sage and Steps on how to Smudge
An aromatic plant with a long history in both medicine and food, sage is more than just your stuffing for your holiday chicken or turkey.
Ancient Romans called it Salvare, meaning “to save” or “to cure, it has been used in ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Rome, and Greece as medicine due to its natural healing properties. It is one of the oldest herbal medicines ever used. This however, does not mean the sage is no longer relevant to modern medicine.
What are Sage Smudge Sticks?
Smudge sticks are bundles of either white sage, Yerba Santo, lavender, and other varieties. Usually bound by twine, Sage Smudge Sticks are burned to ward off negative energy, cleanse a space, prevent illness, or bring some positive energy to a person or a group. This ritual has been done for thousands of years.
This means that when you smudge, you are taking part in a sacred ritual that is as old as time.
They say that when you inhale the scents during smudging, you become more aware and your own energy gets in tune with the energy of you’re environment. Think of it as connecting spiritually to the space around you.
This is not just mysticism. Smudging is a form of aromatherapy. It has been proven that when properly done, aromatherapy reduces stress levels. Stress reduction reduces anti-oxidants in the body. Looking at it this way, smudging in a way, is a form of cleansing.
How to Sage a Place or a Person
First, you need to prepare a feather or a small fan, a ceramic bowl or fire proof bowl, a box of matches, and of course your sage bundle.
Once you have everything ready, map out the place that you want to sage, or visualize how you will sage someone or yourself. Smudging may be done for a person, a place, or both.
When you are sure about the areas you want to sage, light the end of the bundle with a match.
Make sure to quickly blow out the end of the bundle if it catches fire.
Like a cigarette, the tips of the leaves should smolder slowly. This releases thick smoke.
Using a feather or a fan, direct the smoke to the person or place you are focusing on. Allow the incense to linger on the focus areas.
Use the ceramic bowl to catch the ash falling from the bundle.