Burning sage, also known as smudging, involves burning sage leaves and letting the smoke purify the air in your home.
Poor air quality may be linked to various health conditions. In this way, burning sage is seen as a cost-effective way to help purify the air. This is because sage is thought to have antimicrobial properties that help kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
White sage is native to high desserts but is most commonly found in California and the mountainous American West. Native Americans were the first on record for using it in a ceremonial or ritual manner better known as “Sacred Sage.”
Burning sage was a way of communing with the spiritual realm and connecting to the spirit of the plant and the earth. By burning the sage with intention, you are asking the spirit of the sage to lend its cleansing and protective energy into your space, body, energy, etc.
Benefits of burning sage can include:
- Removing bacteria from the air
- Cleansing energy
- Repelling insects
- Improving intuition
- Purifying specific objects
- Improving mood and reducing stress and anxiety
Cautions: Keep in mind that burning sage creates smoke, which can cause health problems for individuals who are prone to asthma and other respiratory conditions.