Our 6 inch Sage bundle is perfect for smudging. There are many benefits of smudging with sage.
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 aroma of sage increases the oxygen supply to your brain and produces a relaxation of muscle tension. In fact, the burning of smudge sticks has been used to combat feelings of depression, fear, frustration, resentment, anger and grief.
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.
Traditionally, people use an abalone shell to hold the sage in while it's burning. It's important to set intention when smudging with sage. As negative energy leaves you need to fill that space with positive energy. Speak positive affirmations over your space. Play uplifting music or play the sounds of your sacred texts. In the kitchen speak of fellowship and nourishment. When in your washroom speak of purity and cleansing. I move in a clockwise motion throughout my entire home filling it with smoke. When I'm finished I open doors and windows and proclaim that anything that no longer serves your highest good leaves.