Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people, or space and of getting rid of unwanted spirits. The practice dates back to prehistoric times and it’s been documented as having been used in every corner of the world by our ancestors.
The type of sage you want to buy is called ‘California White Sage’ or ‘White Sage Smudge Stick.’ Do not use the regular old sage in your kitchen. You want to buy high-quality, ethically cultivated sage. I would advise avoiding mass-market retailers like Amazon when buying sage online. Large commercial vendors aren’t really concerned with buying a high-quality sacred and ceremonial product that has been ethically sourced. Remember, intention and cultivation of this product matter just like buying organic food.
Sage clears bacteria in the air and it’s smoke offers rapid delivery to the brain and efficient absorption to the body. Scientists have observed that sage can clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria in a space and disinfect the air. When sage is burned, it releases negative ions, which is linked to putting people into a positive mood. The Latin word for sage salvia stems form the word heal. Other qualities associated with sage when burned are giving wisdom, clarity, and increasing spiritual awareness.
Before you light up, remember to open a door or window as the unwanted energy you are trying to clear must have a pathway to get out. If you are trying to get someone’s toxic energy out of your house post-cocktail party, after an intense meeting in a conference room at work, or you feel like there is a spirit hanging around your space, that energy needs somewhere to go.
When people report the paranormal activity in the house only got stronger after they saged, I immediately ask about the windows and doors and also remind them once they have the area ventilated and have lit the sage, to ask the unwanted energy to leave their space, in their mind’s eye as well as voicing out loud. What I have them say is “Any energy that is not of my highest and greatest good, release yourself, with love, but you are not welcome to stay here. Please leave through the open window or door.”