Many people ask us what sage is used for. Rather than give them the historical rundown of ancient Greek and Native American ceremonial usages, we usually just say, “cleansing.” Burning sage, a practice also known as smudging, is a quick and effective method for dusting off old energy that may have settled in your space. If your home feels heavy, stagnant or dirty even though it’s clean, you probably need to do an energy cleanse. It doesn’t mean that you have bad energy, it just means that your space could use a spiritual refresh.
Everyone who walks into your space brings energy with them, and because we can’t ask people to leave their negative vibes at the door, that energy gets in. As well, any kind of exertion (like arguments, exercise or work) that occurs in the space, will leave behind energy that, if not purified, will begin to clog the circulation of fresh energy. That’s why we always suggest regular smudging to keep your space a high vibe haven.
Crystals constantly pick up energy, which is why we recommend a regular sage cleansing. When a crystal is cleansed and activated, it radiates pure energy at the highest vibrations. A good time for a sage cleansing is right before setting your intention with your crystals. It also gives you a few moments to ensure that your crystal is clear of any previous programming or energy so that your crystal is ready to work with you. To cleanse and clear your crystal, fully envelop it in sage smoke while asking the plant spirit of the sage to please remove and release any unwanted energy and previous programming.
One of the oldest and most well-known herbs for energy cleansing, sage helps to enhance your intuition by neutralizing the energy of the space. This helps to relieve your stress + worries, open your mind, absolve negative thoughts and harmonize the body and spirit. Our Sage Cleansing Set will provide all of the tools you need to remove negative energy and create an environment filled with positive light.
Included in our sage cleansing set:
- 1 sage stick, approx. size: 5 inches
- 1 raw abalone shell, approx. size: 7 x 6 x 4 inches (size may range slightly)
- 1 feather, approx. size: 9″ x 2″
The abalone shell follows the Native American belief that mother-of-pearl bearing shells and sage were a powerful combination that put them closer to the heavens. In an ancient Apache legend, the Sunrise Ceremony celebrates the White Painted Woman and the tale of how she survived the great flood in an abalone shell.
Start your sage cleansing ritual by asking the plant spirit of the sage to be there with you, and ask that it assist you in cleansing you, your space and your crystals. It can seem like another chore to constantly worry about cleansing your space, but you will notice a huge difference if you invest just a short amount of time. What works for us is a simple saging session that can be done in 5 – 10 minutes.
Start your sage cleansing by opening the doors and windows. This allows the sage smoke to be released, along with any toxic or negative energy. Sage the entrance first, which helps to ward off any negative vibes that can come through the entranceways. Then, work your way through your home and the rooms clockwise, making sure to be extra thorough in corners, which accumulate more toxic energy than other areas.
Don’t forget bathrooms and closets, another place where energy often gets stuck. Lift up the toilet seat and sage thoroughly, making sure to always keep the lid closed. In Feng Shui, the belief system follows the idea that energy gets sucked downward, through the pipes, which is why toilets with open lids and leaky sinks can deplete the home of energy.
Carry the abalone shell to catch any ashes and use the feather to waft the sage smoke into the hard-to-reach areas of your home. After a sage cleansing, you’ll notice that the air feels lighter and your gemstones have an extra sparkly luster.
Typically, a sage cleansing should be done once or twice a week. If there has been an argument or someone is recovering from an illness, a daily sage cleansing can make a big difference. With more heavy vibes in the air than usual, you might notice that the space feels thick with stagnant energy. As the negativity is released, it needs somewhere to go, and sage cleansing is one of the quickest and most effective ways to neutralize and clear away dark energy.
After you’ve finished saging your space, follow it with a round of Palo Santo or Sweetgrass. Once you take out the negative, stuck energy of with sage, you want to fill it back up with positivity and blessings.