Sage. The Beauty Behind The Smoke. | Skin and Sage Apothecary
September 15, 2020

Sage. The Beauty Behind The Smoke.

By Jasmine Ellis
The act of burning sage also known as smudging is a Native American cultural or tribal practice.
For Health: The act of burning sage doubles as not only an energetic cleanse, but a physical purifying one as well. This beautiful smoke clears the bacteria in the air! Sage holds antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. This means when we blow it down, sage works to keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay. When the smoke clears, sage leaves us with cleaner air, after removing impurities we so commonly breathe in. So with sage's ability to act as a natural air purifier and odor remover, many of us will grab our sage over a commercial air freshener and light it up instead.
For all my beauties that have asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions, burning sage in your home can be a real benefit. Just remember to not breathe in the smoke and wait till the air clears to breathe in the difference.
 
Don't light up sage you use to cook, grab white sage instead to cleanse your space.
 
For Home: When it comes to the home, burning sage is a great way to cleanse and empower both your space and things! From just moving in or having a lot of company, the smoke of sage is perfect for clearing spaces and giving your vibe a fresh start. Think of sage as your energetic Clorox wipe, killing 99.9% of the negative history and energy from both your atmosphere and belongings. That’s why you'll see many of us clear our crystals, cards, rooms and secondhand objects with the smoke of sage.
So to avoid having a "this previously owned doll keeps opening and shutting doors"  moment or feeling extremely cluttered because you just had so many people in your space, and everyone left their energy behind (good and bad), take your sage, light it up and let the smoke clear it all out.
 
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.
For Self: The smudging doesn’t stop at rooms and previously owned items, you can cover yourself in the smoke too! Just like how sage acts to clear out bad vibes from our space and things, it's also a ritual tool that can be used on ourselves as well. Sage dispels negative energy and when burned it releases negative ions, this aids in not only creating a healing state but a positive mood boost.
It’s a natural remedy to soothe anxiety, depression, and stress. The smoke of sage (paired with kind words and intentions) can be used to rid oneself of footprints from past traumas, bad experiences ad negative energy from others. When it comes to self-reflection, spiritual practices, and meditation rituals, don't be surprised if you see or smell sage in the room.
From our health, home and self, there's so much beauty behind the smoke of sage! However, beauties keep this in mind. When we burn sage, the smoke gives an energetic fresh start by clearing ALL energies, both good and bad. So be sure to follow up after your sage with something that promotes good energy like essential oils, candles, music and more!