Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or space. This 4″ wand will last weeks if burnt daily, or longer is burnt less. Used in rituals and ceremonies for centuries, white sage is often burned to create its intended effects. Burning sage is a ritual known as smudging. Smudging is a cleansing ceremony used to help people, places, or even objects get rid of negative energy or even bad spirits.
How to Use Smudge Sticks
Holding the smudge stick by the end, use a lighter to ignite the tip. Blow out any open flames so that the leaves slowly smolder. Starting at the back of any space, wave the smudging wand around a room making your way forward towards the entrance of that space. Make sure your doors and windows are open to allow the energy a point of exit. Or if it’s a person, or objects to direct the cleansing smoke over the person or thing. At this time use your voice to speak your desired intentions into the atmosphere. If you wish to push negative energy out verbalize that with phrases that instruct the negative energy to leave. If you’ve identified a particular energy you can call it by it’s name and demand it to leave. Example, “I demand this stagnant energy to leave out of my place. “
Speak your intentions with authority, never fear or timidity. You may also pray the 23rd Psalm or Bible verses you feel aligned to. Once you feel comfortable with the amount of intentions spoken you can move on to the blessing phase.
After cleansing your space you want to move in with a blessing of your choice. You may say “I call peace and prosperity into my space now. You are welcomed to reside here.” You can use either only your words or follow up with a resin or wood used for blessings Ex. Frankincense, Palo Santo or Sweet grass. End your blessing phase with gratitude to whom ever your alignment lies. Ex. God, angels, holy spirit, the universe etc. etc. always seal your intentions with gratitude. It’s an energy amplifier.
Tips: Catch the ashes in a heat-resistant dish. (An Abalone shell is traditional, but you can use a smudge pot, incense burner, or even a regular ceramic plate, as long as you put something under it.) Smudge sticks can be extinguished in a dish of sand and re-used many times. Of course, never leave burning smudges unattended.
Special Note: These herbs are not food grade and would be consumed at your own risk. Best uses are for baths, sachets, or burning as to release the spiritual properties of the plant (more commonly referred to as smudging).
Light & Love,