Sage is known as one of many herbs that are regularly used by the Native Americans for the purpose of cleansing. Although sage can be ingested directly or made into a tea, its most common usage is by burning to expel negative energies. Sage can be found almost everywhere; it’s not recommended to use sage from your garden, local grocery store or kitchen since sage that is used for smudging (burning) is sold in bundles as shown in the picture.
According to Native American beliefs, sage has various healing properties — the most important of which is to rid a person, place or object of any negative energy. The herb’s Latin name Salvia means savior, or to be saved, since sage can clean out negative or old energy from a space. You might wish to perform a sage burning when you move into a new house when someone you don’t like has visited, to cleanse the space spiritually after you’ve been sick or unhappy and even when cleansing your crystals.
The simple method of cleansing with sage involves lighting the sage stick and walking around the room in a counterclockwise direction. Have a heatproof container to hold the sage stick and fan the smoke with your hand into the room’s corners or whatever object or person you wish to cleanse. Leaving the windows in the room open to allow the negative energy to exit is very important. Also, you can re-use the sage stick many times, so make sure you carefully extinguish it when you are finished using.
Sage has been one of my primary methods of cleansing for quite some time. I’ve personally used sage to cleanse myself, my room and all my crystals. I do want to warn that the excessive use of sage can be harmful since overusing it in your surroundings, on objects or on yourself can cause your energy to be in a daze. So I recommend you smudge only once or twice a month and do not forget to keep your windows open.
- Neil Omacharan –