Everyone is talking about Sage … but what does it really do for you? And what do you do with it? Below is our information on Sage and why we use it the way that we do.
Sage is an all around GREAT plant to have in your Home
Sage is one of those plants that has been used in ceremonies for centuries. It comes in many different varieties and can be grown in your own home for culinary or ceremonial purposes. The great thing about this little fresh plant is that burning it has not only Spiritual uses, but it has health benefits as well.
But first, let’s identify some Sage so you will know what your looking for and what your using.
The world is full of different types of Sage. The picture above is a simpler format, found on The Kitchen Journals. Purple Sage, Common Sage, Tri-Color Sage, and Golden Sage are all common varieties that you might find in your own kitchen or shopping aisle. Each grows in different geographic regions and are common based upon your location in the world.
Each area has a different name for the plant but if you are purchasing bundles from online vendors you can pretty much bet that your getting White Sage. White Sage is the most common form used in kitchens and ceremony. Below are some different names for Sage varieties that you might desire to use in your ceremonies.
Names: Silver Wormwood, White Sagebrush, Wild Sage, Prairie Sage, White Mugwort, Western Mugwort, Louisiana Sage, Darkleaf Mufwort, Mexican Sagewort, Chihuahua Sagewort, Garfield tea, Lobed Cudweek, Man Sage, Salvia Apiana, Sacred Sage.
You must remember to NOT consume a plant your are unfamiliar with.
So simple, yet so essential, don’t eat what you don’t know. White Sage is safe because we can pick it up literally in any Walmart or Target. We eat it the dried form crushed up in our Thanksgiving dressings. We season almost any poultry with it. But we definitely don’t recommend finding some Lobed Cudweek and putting in on your dinner unless you have done a fair amount of research first.
Burning Sage, or Smudging, dates back to the times of Native American tribes. They used Sage daily to help heal their sick tribal members, to clear spaces of negative energies, and to help ground themselves prior to ceremony. It is a very protective plant that helps us align and center ourselves with Mother Earth.
but did you know …
A recent scientific study was performed to find out if there were any health benefits to burning sage in your dwelling or sacred space. the Journal of Ethnopharmacology published two studies that took the scientific lens to smudging and they both found profound health benefits!
Related: The Spirit Science
After 1 hour of observation, the study revealed that 94% of the airborne bacteria in the room were destroyed. Poof! Gone!
What is more? These bacteria fighting effects were still found to be present in the air after a 24 hour period. In a sealed room, of course.
But the Science Verdict is in!!
So there you have it. Sage – why we burn it and what benefits it has on our bodies. Now, how do you use it in ceremony? Well, you don’t actually have to be in ‘ceremony’ to use smudging. You just need some dried Sage, a lighter, and if your lucky – a feather.
- Light your Sage on one end – setting it on fire
- Blow out the flames like you would an Incense stick
- Set the smoldering end of the Sage into a fire-safe container (like a shell)
- Use the feather to fan the smoke around your house, your body, your car, anything you deem necessary
Sage is a common element of Earth that is known for being able to ward of negative energies and/or entities. If you feel especially drained, try burning some Sage and imagining pure light pouring into your crown chakra. Sage will help you feel connected, grounded, and it will help protect you from any erratic energy that is draining you dry.