Since ages, White Sage has been considered sacred by Native Americans. It is famous for its cleansing, purifying, and protective features. White Sage, technically known as ‘Salvia Apiana’, is found prevalently in high desert ecosystems such as Mountain West and California. Fresh leaves from White Sage when rubbed between your thumb and forefinger gives out a refreshing and cleansing scent.
Native Americans have been using White Sage as Sacred Sage for during rituals and ceremonies for its ability to get rid of negative energy and vibes. The most common ritual of burning sage is known as Smudging. But before we jump into details about the benefits of burning sage, let’s first explore the best ways of using White Sage Incense Sticks.
Ways of using White Sage Incense Sticks
Sage Smudging or Saging is a ritual where sage leaves or sticks are burned. The emerging smoke is then directed to areas that need cleansing and purification. The whole idea behind cleansing through burning sage is that the smoke that arises attaches itself to all the negative vibes within the space, being, or object. After some time, when the smoke settles to the ground, it brings down all the negative energy leaving refreshing positive energies.
Smudge the Right Way!
White Sage can be found in local stores or online. Smudge sticks are one of the most common varieties of White Sage available in the market. It is also the most preferred type as it produces less dust, burn more efficiently, and stay lit for a longer duration than the actual leaves. For the most perfect White Sage incense sticks, click here.
One useful tip while smudging is never to let the sage entirely flame burn. Once the sage is lit, let the flame blow out, while the lit ends of the incense stick or the leaves continue to give out a cloud of smoke with positive energies. You can then waft the smoke to the intended location using your hand or cardboard.
Remember, always smudge with an intention, whether it be cleansing or protection of the space or body. Positive and peaceful vibes are always welcomed both by the space and the human body. Setting an intention before smudging always helps you to use the White Sage to its full potential.
Different type of intentions follows different kinds of instructions while smudging; we have listed down a few below:
Smudging a Space/House –
Close the windows and doors of the area of the house that you choose to smudge. Always start from one corner of the room, and gently waft the smoke from the floor to the ceiling following the natural path of the smoke. For windows, blow the smoke to all the four corners and then close the window after completing the loop.
For rooms with cabinets, open them and waft the smoke into the cabinets. Allow the smoke to penetrate the whole house and let it settle down for a few minutes. After that, open all the windows and doors to release the negative energies attached to the smoke.
Smudging a being –
Just like the room, always start from the bottom of your body and gently waft the smoke onto your body as you move upwards. If someone is helping you to smudge yourself, turn around in a clockwise direction and ask them to waft the smoke onto your body as you move around in circles. Next, offer your friend a smudge too!
Smudging an Object –
While smudging an object, always hold the object in your hand is its small or stand in front of it if it’s something large and waft the smoke onto it. As with others, start wafting from the bottom till the top. Smudging sage on objects help cleanse them for negative energies, and it needs to be performed periodically. It stands true for houses and spaces too.
Other Benefits of Smudging
White Sage has been known for its medicinal properties since centuries. It offers excellent anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that promote health and prevents infections. It also acts as a stimulant and is sometimes used to treat digestive problems.
Apart from spiritual cleansing and health benefits, another very practical use of sage is aromatherapy, the ability to leave a long-lasting fragrance. There are many spaces in and around our house that stink, cleanse them with smudging, and leave them smelling good for weeks.
HEM White Sage incense sticks are handcrafted for quality fragrance. They are the most obvious choice for cleansing rituals and to infuse positive energy within a confined space and being, for clarity of thoughts and healing. They are also commonly used for aromatherapy and as a home air freshener.