Ohhh spring is in the air!!! Hopefully all my previous videos about DIY cleaners has inspired you to do a spring clean 🙂
Cleaning is an energizing practice – not only physically but also energetically.
Another way to change your home’s energy for the better is to waft it with smoke (the good kind!). Using smoke from the embers of ancient medicinal herbs to “clear a space” is called smudging, and the most popular plants to smudge with are sage and palo santo.
Both are said to neutralize and lighten negative energy.
In this week’s video I’m diving into the ancient ritual of smudging sage and explaining how to do it. It’s a great practice after a spring clean! I explain:
- What smudging is and where it comes from
- What items you need to get started
- The two areas in your home that need it the most
- A simple tip to light your sage stick in TWO seconds
- What to do once you’ve finished the practice
It’s a short video but it’s packed full of information and tips on how to sage your house that I picked up at a recent workshop 🙂
To a lighter, more energized home!
Have you ever walked into a yoga studio and smelled the delicious earthy scent filling the room? You’re most likely smelling sage!
Burning sage is one of the oldest and most common rituals used for cleansing people and their personal space. Native American sage rituals are probably the most common cultural reference, but these rituals carry across many different continents. Ancient Celtic Druids have been known to burn sage, as well as the Indigenous people of the Amazon who perform Palo Santo burning practices for medicinal and cleansing practices (Palo Santo (“holy stick” is a wild tree native to Mexico is commonly used to product burning sticks and incense).
I’ll go into an exact the steps you can use on how to sage your house or personal space at the end, but first…
Why would I want to burn Sage?
I believe the main purpose to burn sage is for healing and cleansing purposes.
This practice works particularly well when you want to clean a new apartment / house from any negative or stagnant energies that could be leftover from previous tenants.
We, as humans, can feel energy from different sources, even if our logical mind can’t quite place what it is that we are feeling.
Where would I burn sage?
You can harness the benefits of burning sage in your home, your office, your property – basically any dwelling that you or others are often exposed to.
I think clinics or therapist offices would do well from burning sage monthly. These are high traffic places and it’s best to keep the area ‘energetically’ clean.
You can even ‘cleanse’ a person or object by burning sage around them.
Where do I get it from?
For the purposes of saging your home or office, I recommend buying White Sage.
You could use dried garden sage, but you would need a lot of it and it takes time to tightly wrap it together.
Here’s one I recommend on Amazon.
When should I sage my house or office?
You could sage your home or office whenever you feel that it needs a good ‘energetic cleanse’.
To really harness the Earth’s magical energies, I recommend burning sage on a New or a Full Moon.
How to sage your house or office?
1. Set your intention.
You need to be clear of the outcome that you want.
- Are you trying to cleanse a room of negative energy?
- Are you cleansing an apartment before you move into it so you can get rid of any stagnant energy from previous tenants?
- Do you have a high traffic office that you want to cleanse?
An example intention is: ‘I want this home to be filled with light and love and prosperity’.
There are many prayers and meditations you could follow, or just use your intuition. Remember, ‘You Always Know’ so sometimes trusting your gut is the first place to start.
Here’s a Great Resource For Saging Prayers on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/smudging-prayer/?lp=true
2. Light your sage stick. Point the tip down and light the sage from the bottom up so that the air draws it into the leaves and it burns evenly. If you try to burn the sage with the tip pointing up it’s much harder and it may not light.
3. Sage yourself to make sure you are clear from any negative energies. You can do this by holding the sage stick in front of your face and using your hand to swirl the smoke around your head.
4. Open up all the windows in your house – this is a great time to let fresh air come inside (we in South Florida love our AC!)
5. Start with the farthest room in the house (from the entrance) and walk around doing every corner, windowsill and doorways. Wave the sage in the air from the bottom up in each area. Windows and doorways are called ‘gateways’ and negative energy can easily enter the house through these (just as us humans do).
Carry a fire resistant plate around with you to catch any ash. (Remember, even though there is no flame, it’s still burning, so do take care and watch out for any embers!)
6. Focus on high traffic areas, like the living room and kitchen. These are common areas that often hold energy from many different people.
7. Sage certain items in your house that you are constantly using or items that are people are handling a lot. These are susceptible to picking up negative energy.
8. At the end of your practice, sage the front door from the inside to the outside.
9. Afterwards, take a bit of the ash and put it at the entrance. Place it on the inside of the door if you need to protect energies from going out, or on the outside if you have a lot of people coming in and you want to protect the energies that come through the door.
10. Finally, clap your hands around the house or use a maraca to dispel any lingering energies. Supposedly loud noises keep the energy out.
I fully believe in using sage to cleanse your house. I think this is a wonderful cleansing ritual and when I do it, everything about my space and my body feels ‘lighter’. I feel at peace, joyful, safe, energized, creative, and able to deeply rest.
If it’s good enough for our planet’s Indigenous cultures then it is good enough for me! Think of it as ‘spiritual hygiene’.
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Have you used sage to cleanse your home or office? Do you have anything else to add? What is your favorite sage to use?
Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to know!