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BY THE WELLNESS GUIDES OF CIVANA
The art of smudging is an ancient spiritual ritual for purification, dispelling negative energy and improving mood and can easily be incorporated into your weekly routine or meditative practice.
Sage: The Latin word for sage, salvia, stems from the word, heal. Other qualities believed to be associated with sage when burned are wisdom, clarity, and increased spiritual awareness.
Palo Santo: Spanish for “holy wood”, Palo Santo is a sacred tree which grows in select parts of South America and is a natural insect repellant. It has been used for centuries by shamans in ritual prayer, ceremonies and healing, known for its grounding and focusing effect which can enhance creativity, productivity and increase good fortune.
Desert Rose: A symbol of clarity of the mind and excellent meditation stone.
Simple Smudging Ritual
• Smudging is the ritual of cleaning the energy of a physical space, object or person. If you have a meditation ritual, you can burn Sage or Palo Santo before your practice. This will help prepare your energy and mind for meditation and allow you to more easily connect.
• First you start with a simple intention of focusing on clearing the negative energy out of your space and mind.
• Once you have your intention in mind, light the Sage or Palo Santo and hold at a 45 degree angle pointing the tip down towards the flame. Allow it to burn for 30 seconds and then blow it out.
• Place it on any heat-proof burning surface like an abalone shell, a traditional vessel used by Indigenous American people that represents the element of water.
• If left to rest the stick will smoulder and release smoke for approximately 5 mins. If used for smudging, walk around the room, space, object or person, fanning the smoke over its entirety, whilst focusing on cleansing and clearing negative energy.
• Once you’ve finished smudging and removed the negative energy, you must push positive energy into the space to maintain balance. To do this, declare your intention out loud or silently in your head.
When to Smudge
• Before you go to bed after a long day around people
• Before and after a you’ve had guests at your home
• When you move into a new home
• When you begin a new job
• When you start your own business
• Before and after a healing session
• Before meditation
• After any illness
• After an argument / conflict
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How to Sage: Energetically Clear Your Home and Office
Colleen McCann is a big proponent of something called “spiritual hygiene.” She’s an energy practitioner, a shaman who specializes in clearing energy at home, mainly inside of closets, a space she knows well after working for many years as a fashion stylist. “I pass on sage or Palo Santo with every business card I hand out,” McCann says. “We take care of our bodies with exercise, good diets, and skin care, so why wouldn’t we take care of our energetic body as well?” That’s where the aforementioned spiritual hygiene comes in. One good way to clear and clean out bad energy is by burning sage, or in some cases, spraying it. As with a lot of holistic healing methods that have gone mass in recent years, sage is a common household tool. But many burners don’t exactly know what they’re doing with it, or what it’s really doing for them and their space.
“If you work with a lot of people, in a job where you’re interacting with various personalities a lot, shaking hands, traveling, then sageing off on a regular basis can help keep your energetic body in balance,” McCann explains. She urges clients to be strategic with their sageing practice, focusing on the areas of homes or offices that are the most highly trafficked rooms. “This is where people’s energy is gathering, so you want to diffuse the space.”
McCann puts it simply: “Eat, sleep, workout, and sage!”
To follow her lead, here’s McCann’s lowdown on bringing sage into your home and work space and keeping your spiritual hygiene on point. Bad vibes, be gone.
Know the history
“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. The practice dates back to prehistoric times and it’s been documented as having been used in every corner of the world by our ancestors.”
Understand what sage to buy
“The type of sage you want to buy is called ‘California White Sage’ or ‘White Sage Smudge Stick.’ Do not use the regular old sage in your kitchen. You want to buy high-quality, ethically cultivated sage. Shamans Market or Taos Herb are both great places to shop. I would advise avoiding mass-market retailers like Amazon when buying sage online. Large commercial vendors aren’t really concerned with buying a high-quality sacred and ceremonial product that has been ethically sourced. Remember, intention and cultivation of this product matter just like buying organic food.”
Learn the science behind the smoke
“Simply put, sage clears bacteria in the air. Sage smoke offers rapid delivery to the brain and efficient absorption to the body. Scientists have observed that sage can clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria in a space and disinfect the air. When sage is burned, it releases negative ions, which is linked to putting people into a positive mood. The Latin word for sage salvia stems form the word heal. Other qualities believed to be associated with sage when burned are giving wisdom, clarity, and increasing spiritual awareness.”
Before burning, open the doors or windows
“Before you light up, remember to open a door or window as the unwanted energy you are trying to clear must have a pathway to get out. Why do you need to do this? Let’s take a lesson from eight-grade science class: Imagine that you took a bunch of chemical compounds and put them in a jar, sealed the lid, and shook the jar. You just created a chemical reaction, but the mixture has nowhere to go; so the jar could explode, crack, or not complete its chemical reaction because of the lack of oxygen, being compressed in a small space, and essentially not being able to change. I use this example with my clients all the time because this experiment is the same as opening the doors and windows in the space you are trying to clear. If you are trying to get someone’s toxic energy out of your house post-cocktail party, after an intense meeting in a conference room at work, or you feel like there is a spirit hanging around your space, that energy needs somewhere to go.
When I get called by a client to come in and clear a space and I hear them tell me they have been sageing and it seems like the paranormal activity in the house only got stronger after they saged, I immediately ask about the windows and doors. Rookie mistake! I also ask my clients, once they have the area ventilated and have lit the sage, to ask the unwanted energy to leave their space, in their mind’s eye as well as voicing out loud. What I have them say is ‘Any energy that is not of my highest and greatest good get the f**k out, with love, but you are not welcome to stay here. Please leave through the open window/door. ’ ”
Prep for the burning
“Traditionally, people use an abalone shell to hold the sage in and then use a feather to fan and spread the smoke around the space when burning sage. If you are just getting into working with sage you can find sage kits easily online or in your local metaphysical shop. Abalone shells are great because of the shape, they are easy to hold when walking around the space, and they can take the heat created from the burning herbs. Remember, you are lighting something on fire so making sure you have the right container is important.”
Light it up with care
“Once you’re ready to light your sage, grab the sage as far from the end you are burning as possible. Hold the sage at a 45-degree angle, light the sage, let it burn for about 20 seconds and then gently blow out the flame so that you see orange embers on one end. Then you can start the process of clearing your space. Clients sometimes complain that they can’t get their sage to stay lit. If the sage bundle was packed too tight when made, then the oxygen can’t get in properly and the sage won’t stay lit. Loosen the ribbon around the sage and take the tip you are lighting and smash it on to a surface to give it a little breathing room. This helps to keep your sage smoking. If you also start to see the glow of the embers fading you can gently blow on the end that is lit up and remember to do this gently, otherwise you can send sage ash flying onto your outfit or carpet.”
Consider the alternatives
“Sage spray is my favorite alternative when I am in a no-smoke zone. It’s easy to travel with and it smells great. I really like to use this spray when I am in hotels—think about how many people’s energy have been in just one hotel room. Eeek! My favorite one to use is from Paper Crane Apothecary. It’s called ‘Clean Slate’ and it’s a smoke-free mist. It has sage oil, crystal essences, and Palo Santo oil in it, which is also another plant that helps to clear a space. If you’re not into the smell of sage, you can also use Palo Santo, sweetgrass, and copal.”
White California Sage – a way to cleanse the aura at home
White California Sage – a great way to cleanse the aura at home
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White sage (Salvia apiana) is the closest relative of mint, a low-growing plant that is used by humans in many areas of life. Sage can play the role of spices, incense, as well as a healing agent for various ailments. However, the key feature of white sage is its ability to cleanse the mind of a person from negative thoughts and emotions.
What is sage cleansing
Sage cleansing begins with smoking this medicinal herb or incense based on it. After the smoke appears, the room is fumigated or cleaned by a specific person.
Sage smoke has a number of unusual properties. It is not surprising that with its help, Indian shamans expelled negativity, evil, anger, anxiety and nervous feelings, and also helped to get rid of conflicts and strife.
A bit of history
The North American Indians were the first to carry out fumigation with sage. For them, this ritual carried not only religious, but also deep sacred and psychological overtones.
According to the beliefs of the Indians, sage smoke helped to get rid of negative feelings in a person, or to cleanse the dwelling from them. Shamans also claimed that it helps to convey prayers and blessings to the Universe.
Purification with sage on a psychological level
Sage fumigation appeared as part of a spiritual practice, and earlier this process was difficult to separate from religion. However, now that this technique has been studied and proven effective, people can experience the positive effects of fumigation on a conscious and subconscious level without delving into the complex motives of faith.
When sage or incense with its extract is burned, the room fills with smoke. A person feels a pleasant aroma, the temperature in the room also changes. As a result, at the subconscious level, a meditator, yoga practitioner or just a vacationer will feel how his body and mind relax, and adversity goes away.
When and why to cleanse with sage
The procedure for lighting sage cannot have a clear schedule. There are people who do this every day, for example, in the evenings after a hard day’s work. There are those who have enough to smell the smoke of white sage in the process of meditation or yoga. Sometimes a person needs fumigation only in critical moments of life.
It is best to develop your own fumigation schedule. Before that, you need to understand – why is it necessary? If there is a lot of stress and nervous tension in life, and you want to finally get out of this ring of negativity, then fumigation should be done regularly. If sage is a method to better know yourself, periodic fumigation of the premises will be enough.
What is the effect of sage cleansing
The term “sage” itself is a collective category, it includes many different subspecies of this plant. When smoking, it is important to use white sage – one of the species, but it is he who has special healing properties.
Cleansing with white sage will help:
- Get rid of negative thoughts and emotions.
- Achieve full awareness of actions and impulses.
- Improve physical condition.
- Purify the air to make it easier to breathe.
- Relax your body and mind.
If you want to relax, get away from the daily routine, relieve stress, choose white California sage, which you can order in our online store. We have large XXL bundles as well as smaller baby ones.
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Blue Sage (Salvia azurea) or Blue Sage, also known as “Grandma Sage”. It is a herbaceous perennial plant native to central and eastern North America. It differs from its well-known relative – white sage – in a milder aroma. Blue sage leaves are thinner and burn more easily than white sage leaves. The aroma is herbaceous-floral, but less spicy. Often reminiscent of the scent of lavender.
Blue sage, sweeter than white sage.
Blue sage is a cleansing herb with a wide range of magical uses, used to purify space, objects and people, to balance energies, to protect the home from evil spirits. Gives spiritual strength, helps in meditation, spiritual practices and ceremonies, and is also used as a home fragrance.
Blue sage smoke is diffused by hand or feather around the person, object or place to be cleansed and balanced.
- one bundle size 11 cm
- average weight: 30 grams
- we only use non-toxic threads such as organic cotton and hemp thread
- Origin: California
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