A lot of people who are foreign to the art of burning sage think that this is done to make the home smell nice. Clearly, those who thought so have never smelled burning sage before.
Dried ceremonial sage carries an aromatic, pungent scent when burned. Lots of people dislike its smell. Some would say it smells like weed. But the truth is that sage exudes a therapeutic aroma, which can increase relaxation and aid in deeper meditation.
The art of smudging
The process of burning sage is called smudging. Humans have used sage for its cleansing properties. Smudging ceremonies have been around for centuries and is considered as one of the purest, oldest methods of cleansing a person or a group of person. It is a means of dispelling the mind and spirit of negative energies. It also helps change the energy when you’re depressed, unwell or angry.
It is not just people who are smudged. It was believed that even objects and spaces have a spirit, and are often smudged to invite peace and harmony to your home or office.
The effectiveness of this theory is based on the theory that smoke is a purifying agent. In this ritual, sage stick is lighted, letting smoke float around the house. The smoke is directed onto areas that are in need of protection and clearing. The smoke clears the space by attaching to negative energies that are present in the space. Negative energy is released as the smoke clears.
Smudging is also a great way to cleanse your mind, body and aura. You can either do this on your own or ask a friend to help you perform the ritual. Light the smudge stick and motion the smoke around your body. Start from your head, and then down your chest, arms, back and legs. Don’t forget to set your intention before you begin with the ritual.
If you’re interested in cleansing your aura and clear your space, please check out our store. We have sage and other herbs that you can use for smudging.