The ancient Egyptians and Romans used Sage, an herb with several promising health benefits, to treat digestive issues, memory problems, and sore throats. Dried sage was burned as a way to heal, protect, increase perspicuity, and boost defense against disease. Native Americans and other indigenous peoples have burned sage, for centuries, as a spiritual ritual to cleanse a person or space and promote healing and wisdom. The seasoning is high in antioxidants and may help support oral health, aid brain function, and lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. This green zest is easy to add to almost any savory dish and enjoyed fresh, dried, or as tea.
To cleanse your home, start at the house’s front door, hold the sage bundle at a 45-degree angle, light the sage, let it burn for about 20 seconds, and then gently blow out the flame to see the orange embers on one end. Then, begin to move slowly around the house. Move mindfully and carefully and with the smoke, start clearing your space, walking clockwise around the entire interior perimeter of the home. Are you wondering what to say when you sage your house? Try the following:
“Hello, my name is ___; I am moving into this space. I want to thank all of the land stewards and spirits of the land. I want to acknowledge the first people of the land. I want to state my intention of creating a home for myself here, living in reciprocity with the present spirits.”
What are the 5 benefits of burning sage?
Benefits of Burning Sage
- Removing bacteria from the air.
- Repelling insects.
- Improving intuition.
- Purifying specific objects.
- Enhancing mood and reducing stress and anxiety.
There’s science behind the spirituality, too: When burned, sage smoke releases ions that change the composition of the air and have been linked to positive mood boosts. In addition to being an excellent stress reliever, burning sage can be a powerful spiritual ritual and self-care practice.
A word of caution. Always stay present! If you see little embers fall on the ground, tamp them out immediately. Never let the burning sage stay unattended for any reason. Also, take care not to inhale too much of the smoke.
WE&P by: EZorrillaM.
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