Burning Sacred Sage is an ancient native American tradition to rid yourself of any negative energies. On a daily basis we encounter energies, whether good or bad they can attach themselves to you, your work place or your home. Burning sage is a very simple and effective way to rid yourself and environment of any negative energy, allowing a clear pathway for positive energies to come through. Scientific research has shown that burning herbs or medicinal smoke can purify the air and [eliminate] up to 94 percent of harmful bacteria for up to 24 hours. Sage belongs to the Salvia plant family, whose name derives from the Latin word salvere, which means “to heal.” Because of the ritualistic nature of burning sage, it helps people to achieve a sense of calm and clear-headedness as would meditation.
To use: Light smudge stick or loose leaves, wait a moment, then blow out flames. Fan embers lightly to keep smoldering. Use the smoke to “wash” persons, property, or spaces. Use a shell or pottery to catch ashes.