Sage is a widely used plant for its medicinal properties and aromatic scent. Many people also use it as a cleansing tool to clear their home, body, or objects of negative energy. This practice is known as smudging and has roots in Native American traditions. But is sage safe to smoke? The answer is yes, with some precautions.
First, you’ll need to prepare your sage bundle for smoking. Start by opening any windows and doors to allow stagnant energy to disperse before you begin. Next, light the end of your smudge stick until it starts to glow, then blow out the flame. The smudge stick should smoke gently like incense, so keep it within sight and away from anything that could catch fire.
You can choose to direct the smoke around your body or a specific object, depending on your intention. Some recommend working clockwise or counterclockwise to cleanse a room or space, but ultimately, you should follow your intuition. When you’re done, press the tip of your smudge stick into sand or a fireproof bowl to extinguish it.
While smudging may be helpful for many people, it’s important to note that this isn’t a substitute for professional mental health care. If you’re battling depression or clinical anxiety, it’s crucial to consult your doctor before starting any complementary health practices. Similarly, anyone experiencing severe mood disorders or other physical symptoms should check with their doctor before using herbal remedies.