Sage is a plant whose scent is revered for its ability to purify, protect and elevate space. Not exclusive to space, sage leaves are also a powerful ally for easing emotional flurries, and freeing the spirit up to accept the light of positivity. The influence that burning sage can have on one’s spirit and space lies within their intention.
For sage cleansing to work, you must focus your energy on a clear intention before burning it. With a raised awareness, we ascend beyond the energy clogs that blocked our intentions from maturing into reality. We are able to see situations more clearly, and our mind becomes open to forgiveness, compromise and other forms of emotional progress.
Burning sage can have a significant impact when used after an argument, after an illness, before and after parties, after an intense workout, prior to meditation, when moving into a new space and during periods of grieving. Proper use of a sage leaves doesn’t have to include a complex ritual, but even a simple smoke cleansing can be enhanced by implementing certain tips. When wafting the sage around your space, be certain to pay extra attention to gateway areas like windows, doorways, hallways and closets. Make sure windows are open to allow ventilation so that the smoke does not become overwhelming. To direct the smoke, you can one hand to hold the burning sage within an abalone shell or similar non-flammable bowl, and use your other hand or a feather to send the smoke where you’d like it to go.
Along with its healing properties for the spirit, the smoke of white sage can instantly neutralize any odors in your home, which makes it a safe and natural alternative to other room sprays or air fresheners. If you feel a sense of heaviness in your home, it would also be a good time to give each room a sage burning session, which will clear and purify the air. We also recommend burning sage before any type of therapeutic session, whether it’s meditation, yoga, or another type of self-care.
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There are many different ways to use a sage leaves. The important thing is to find what works for you and your specific needs.
Place your charcoal in a fireproof dish, a bowl filled with rice or an incense burner. Light the charcoal until you can see flickering embers and sparks all over it. (If you do not heat the charcoal to the point where it lights, it will not be hot enough and your sage leaves will not begin to smoke). Place a little pile of sage leaves on top of the charcoal to purify and clear your energy and environment.
Your home should be a place where you can relax and rejuvenate for the day ahead. To keep your home vibing with positive energy, it’s important to cleanse the space. In fact, we recommend doubling down on your energy cleansing by also burning Palo Santo wood chips, a sweet smelling wood that helps balance the earthy smell of white sage. When you burn both of these cleansing tools, first the cleansing sage and then the uplifting palo santo, it makes your purifying practice even more powerful.
Ask the plant medicine spirit of the sage to be there with you, and ask that it assist in purifying and cleansing you, your space, and your crystals.
Sage your space. Open your front door and all of the windows in the house to allow the unwanted energy to be released. Starting at the front door, sage around the outside of the door and frame. Now, walk back inside, and begin saging the space by moving counter-clockwise through it—this is symbolic of taking negative and unwanted energy out. Using the feather, waft the smoke into the corners of every room and up to the ceiling. Say these words out loud or silently: “I ask that the plant spirit of the sage please remove and release any negative energy from this space.”
While you are cleansing your home with sage, take this time to also cleanse your crystal collection. Let the smoke of burning sage completely envelop each gemstone while you thoughtfully remind yourself of the intention you have set for it. Ask that the burning sage cleanse and activate its frequencies, releasing it from any previous programming or unwanted energy.
Finally, to clear away any unwanted energy from any hands that have touched your crystals before you, immerse them in the sacred smoke of the sage. White sage is a powerful cleansing tool, especially when you use it with clear and focused intention.