11 Benefits of Burning Sage, How to find the right type of Sage, and More

December 11, 2018


Where did the practice originate?


Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual.Smudging has been well established as a Native American cultural or tribal practice, although it isn’t practiced by all groups.We have the traditions of many Native American peoples to thank for its use. This includes the Lenape, Lakota, Chumash, Cahuilla, among others.

Many other cultures around the world share similar rituals.

Read on to learn more about the benefits of burning sage and how you can use it to improve your overall well-being.




1.  purifying


The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay.White prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) is both antimicrobial and antibacterial. White sage (Salvia apiana) is also antimicrobial. And both have been shown to repel insects.One 2007 study found that burning sage for an hour decreased the level of aerial bacteria by 94 percent. These effects were preserved for up to 24 hours afterward.Beliefs that burning sage clears out spiritual impurities may be tied to its ability to repel pathogens and insects that cause disease.


2. It may help relieve the symptoms of some conditions


It turns out that sage may help clear the air of lots more than bugs and bacteria. Burning sage is thought to release negative ions. This is said to help neutralize positive ions.

Common positive ions are allergens like:

  • pet dander

  • pollution

  • dust

  • mold

If this is the case, burning sage may be a blessing for those with asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. But inhaling the smoke during the smudging can aggravate those issues .

When burning sage , a little go a long way, a room does not need to be filled with smoke, to do a good cleanse, in case this happens, 1.Open all windows and allow a breeze 2. Wait until the smoke clears before spending time in the room. One of the most recommended alternatives for those who prefer not to burn sage because of the smoke, is a good quality sage spray, which works the same without the smoke!

 A sage spray i recommended for those who prefer to enjoy the benefits of burning sage without the smoke! 


3. It can be a spiritual tool


Smudging has long been used to connect to the spiritual realm or enhance intuition.

For healers and laypeople in traditional cultures, burning sage is used to achieve a healing state — or to solve or reflect upon spiritual dilemmas.This may have some scientific basis, too. Certain types of sage, including salvia sages and white prairie sage, contain thujone.Research shows that thujone is mildly psychoactive. It’s actually found in many plants used in cultural spiritual rituals to enhance intuition.




4. Removes negative energy


Smudging may also be used as a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others.This may help you establish a positive environment for meditation or another ritual. Choosing to sit and let go of negative thoughts in a ritual like this sets your intention and dedication to self-improvement.


5. It can cleanse or empower specific objects


Burning sage creates fragrant smoke central to smudging’s benefits. You can use this incense to smudge yourself or specific spaces. Or, you can smudge specific objects.This can be useful with new purchases, gifts, or secondhand items. However, any item can be smudged.If you have any concern with negative history or energy attached to a new or unfamiliar object, smudging may help bring peace of mind and make the object more sacred to you.


6. It may help improve your mood


Tradition suggests that smudging can literally lift one’s spirits to banish negativity. Some research supports this.A 2014 study documented white prairie sage (also known as estafiate) as an important traditional remedy for treating anxiety, depression, and mood disorders in certain cultures.

                 7. It may help soothe stress


If burning sage can lift one’s mood, it could also be a great ally against stress.A 2016 research project for the University of Mississippi established that white sage (Salvia apiana) is rich in compounds that activate certain receptors in the brain. These receptors are responsible for elevating mood levels, reducing stress, and even alleviating pain.


8. It may improve the quality of your sleep


Smudging has been traditionally used to safeguard against negativity that could interfere with sleep.Some research suggests that sage contains compounds that could help ease insomnia.Classic garden sage (Salvia officinalis) is sometimes burned like white sage. It’s also been used to improve sleep and soothe anxiety.


9. It may help boost cognition



In addition to dissipating negative energy, improving mood, and strengthening intuition, smudging with sage is also thought to increase one’s focus. Some research shows that Salvia white sage can enhance cognition and alertness.


10. It may help boost your energy levels



Ridding the body, objects, and spaces of bad energy can help welcome in newer, fresher, and more positive energies. In a way, this could have an energizing effect and help with fatigue.Some sage-like species closely related to white prairie sage are also used for smudging. Many have documented anti-fatigue uses.


11. It can create an uplifting fragrance


For some, this may be the best of all benefits: Sage is a lovely incense with a divine aroma, pure and simple.It also works great as a chemical-free air freshener or odor controller.


What is needed 



The practice of burning sage or smudging is fairly simple, with few necessary tools.

Basic tools include:

  • a sage bundle (or smudge stick)

  • some recommend a seashell or bowl of ceramic, clay, or glass to hold burning sage or capture ash ,abalone shells are recommenced for their flame resistant qualities 

  • some recommend matches over a manmade lighter

  • optional feather or fan for fanning smoke

There are many types of sage usable for smudging. Traditional examples include:

  • white sage (Salvia apiana)

  • other Salvia species, desert sage 

  • white prairie sage, or estafiate (Artemisia ludoviciana)

  • other Artemisia species blue sage 













ilmypsychicjane.com is a website that gives you all the information you need about sage and its spiritual and scientific purposes, as well as other natural and holistic alternative approaches as well as personal experiences with our journey! . We also do sell fresh, organic respectfully harvested homegrown sage bundles, handmade sprays, organic bath sets, bath fizzers woodburned art and much more. Visit our website to learn more about sage, its properties, and its benefits. 

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