Sage has a distinctly beautiful scent when burned. You might have smelt it in the Yoga studio, in church, while traveling across the middle east, Asia … it is also used for meditation.
I have only been burning sage for a few months, and I love the smell of it, somehow brings memories of my childhood. Do not ask me why I do not know. The first, time I burnt it, it brought back memories of my grandmother. I have no idea why …
The act of burning sage is called smudging.
A little history behind the act of burning sage:
The use of dried white sage, however, is a 2,000-year-old Indigenous American practice.
The shamans used dried sage plants on their fires as a ritual of calling upon ancestral spirits. Any conflict, anger, illness or evil was absorbed by the sage smoke to be released or cleansed from the energy field of a person.
burning dry herbs is something that has been done throughout the ages, and cultures.
Purification of spaces is a global phenomenon.
It is the most common herb to burn for purification of people, spaces.
While Native American sage burning is the most commonly recognized form of it today, it has nevertheless been a shared practice in other cultures too.
It has been proven by science that burning sage is an air purifier (94% cleared)
Ideal times to smudge (burn sage):
when you move into a new home
in your new office (yes your colleagues might think you’re nuts)
before or after Yoga/meditation etc.
when feeling crowded my negative/toxic energies
Where do I buy dry sage to burn:
The ‘Deverish’ store on Wexford street.