Cultures all over the world have practiced the burning of herbs for millennia. Some Native American tribes would burn White Sage in a practice that has become known as smudging. Smudging has many different benefits spiritually, mentally, and environmentally. Here are 5 benefits of burning white sage that are sure to convince you to start the practice ASAP!
1. PURIFIES THE AIR
When you smudge, smoke from the burning herb creates negative ions that attack positive ions (allergens) in the air.
Common positive ions are allergens like:
- pet dander
With that being said, burning sage may be a blessing for those with bronchitis, asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions.
2. CLEARS NEGATIVE ENERGY
When we rid our body, objects, and spaces of bad energy we help welcome in newer, fresher, and more positive energies. White Sage smoke will absorb the stress of the person smudging the Sage as well as the space in which it is released. Many people choose to smudge when they move into a new home to rid the space of any negative energy left behind by the previous owners.
3. IMPROVES QUALITY OF SLEEP
In addition to purifying the air you breathe, smudging can help you catch some zzz’s. This is due to the antimicrobial and antibacterial healing properties of sage. In fact, sage belongs to the Salvia plant family, whose name derives from the Latin word salvere, which means “to heal.” Smudging has been traditionally used to safeguard against negativity that could interfere with sleep.
4. BOOST MOOD AND DECREASE STRESS
Burning White Sage and allowing the smoke to waft through your home, which in return soaks up all the negative energy in the air with its antibacterial agents, will help you feel more relaxed and positive. The act of burning the White Sage stick itself can make you feel more grounded. Because of the ritualistic nature of burning White Sage, it helps people to achieve a sense of calm and clear-headedness as would meditation.
5. HELP BOOST COGNITION
In addition to dissipating negative energy, improving mood, and strengthening intuition, smudging with White Sage might improve your memory and focus. It can help enhance cognition, which leads to increased focus and alertness.