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 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.
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.
Smudge spray not only clears your space, it fills the air with fragrance, raising vibrations and evoking sensual pleasure. You can buy smudge spray or experiment with making your own. Pure ingredients such as white sage oil and organic wild harvested Palo Santo are ideal elements to utilize. White sage oil is considered a ceremonial herb, known in ancient times for its ability to call in spirits of light and serve as a veil to keep lower vibrating energies at bay. White sage has many healing properties and has been used as a natural antimicrobial to purify and cleanse. Palo Santo literally means sacred wood. It is commonly found in Peru, and has been used by South American indigenous tribes as medicine, and to diffuse unwanted energies, for centuries. These two powerful ingredients blended and infused with wild lavender and rose witch hazel can create the perfect all-purpose smudge spray, which can be used any time, any place.
For smudging use in place of sage stick, a couple of sprays in each room away from face. Assists in removing negative energies from place and objects, drives away mosquitoes, disinfects the air. Use to purify objects, homes, offices. Great for cleansing stones and crystals.
Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils and “carry” them to your skin. That's because essential oils are potent and can cause irritation when applied directly to your skin. Most carrier oils are unscented or lightly scented and don't interfere with an essential oil's therapeutic properties.
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