Sage is known to boost memory and promote feelings of tranquility, but did you know that sage is also a great tool for purifying the environment? This aromatic plant produces a fragrant smoke that can be used to cleanse the body, space, and even objects.
This process is called “smudging” and is believed to help rid the body of negative energy, promoting a sense of wellness and clarity. The terpenes found in this herb are thought to have various mood-enhancing effects, including elevating the emotions and reducing anxiety.1
Sage and other herbs can be smoked to purify personal spaces, homes, and cars, as well as to cleanse specific objects such as crystals and jewelry. The aromatic properties of sage smoke are believed to remove any unwanted energies and welcome positive spirits into the space, leaving behind only a feeling of serenity.
To smoke sage, place a bundle of the dried leaves in a small bowl or other container and carefully hold over a flame until it begins to smolder and emit smoke. Then, gently waft the smoke over your body or around a space that you wish to purify.
While this herbal practice is generally considered safe, it is important to follow all safety precautions when smoking sage or any other plant. It’s always best to work in a well-ventilated area and avoid prolonged exposure, especially for those with respiratory conditions. It’s also a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.