Every morning, when we wake up, we usually open the windows in the rooms where we slept to change the air. Allowing oxygen in and sending out the stagnation of carbon dioxide of the night cleans up the environment: it’s like a burst of energy to start the day in the best possible way.
The same principle can be applied to the whole house or to a place that is vital to you (like a new business).
In fact, it can happen that our home is filled with “heavy air” and conditions our life negatively with states of tension, fatigue, and perhaps even migraines. Painting, thorough cleaning, and washing may not be enough!
Do you want to purify a new house? Or give vitality to your workstation? Nature is your friend, in this case, thanks to an ancient and widespread practice that allows you to balance the energies of a place: burning incense or herbal mixtures. Fumigation has millenary origins. Traditionally, it was used for healing rituals.
Even today, it is widespread in sacred places: just think of the incense used in churches during the most important celebrations.
We all know sage has strong, powerful cleansing properties, but did you know that there are many different varieties of sage and each one of them has special properties for certain spiritual goals?
Let’s see all we need to know about each kind of sage and how to choose the right one to cleanse our space, ourselves, and feel amazing in tune with some fresh, positive energy.
What kind of sage is used for smudging?
White sage (Salvia apiana)
To purify, protect, and refresh the energy around you
White sage is the most popular and most used kind of sage for smudging. It is one of the most used medicinal plants in the world of natural medicine since it maintains all kinds of benefits and no contraindications. Its cleansing and purifying power is enormous.
Its scientific name is Salvia Apiana and it grows wild in the southwestern United States, mainly in California, and northwestern Mexico. Its size can reach more than one meter in height and its leaves are whitish with very particular bluish tones. White sage is ideal to burn as incense.
Traditionally, the Indians of North America burned white sage with a seashell, which represented water. They introduced the burning coal representing fire, and by burning the sage in the shell, they obtained a white smoke with a unique aroma that represented the wind. The man was the earth and the union of all the ingredients formed the fifth element, the spirit.
For these tribes, it was a sacred plant, and when it was burned in their ceremonies, they were smoked with the white smoke that it gave off to purify both their physical and emotional bodies, as well as places and objects. Most of the medicinal properties of white sage are in its leaves, which absorb the energy of the sun and produce a large number of essential oils that aromatize the plant. When we burn its leaves, they give off a very pleasant aroma, providing a feeling of well-being, peace, and good energy.
The use of white sage incense is especially useful in times of great change in our lives when we can end up intoxicated by stagnant energies or negative and obsolete thought patterns. Salvia has the power to eliminate these vibrations, purifying our energy fields, and bringing sufficient clarity and strength to remain firm in our goals.
White sage is also very beneficial when taken as an infusion, as it serves as a natural sedative, calming the nervous system and controlling anxiety.
Common sage (Salvia officianalis)
To purify objects, people, and places
Sage is a symbol of the Goddess, even though it corresponds to the male, to the planet Jupiter, and to the element of air. The most common use in the holistic and spiritual environment is that of spreading its aromas in the air, through essential oils, or, even more traditionally, through smudging.
Probably deriving from shamanic traditions, the creation of bundles of sage, held together with a thread of cotton or natural hemp, is an ancient method of preparation and drying of this plant, especially for the white Californian species.
The bundles are lit on one side in order to generate a flame for a few seconds and then extinguished with a breath, so that an aromatic smoke comes from them and is used to purify environments, objects, and people.
Blue sage (Salvia azurea)
To perform spiritual cleansing rituals
The smudge of blue sage (a bunch of herbs and leaves) comes from a plant that grows in the deserts of the southwestern United States. It is named for its abundant blue flowers. It has thin leaves and an herbaceous and floral fragrance, similar to lavender.
A close relative of white sage, it has a less pungent scent and is ideal for people who prefer more delicate aromas. In the esoteric field, blue sage is recognized for its beneficial and purifying properties. The combination of these elements makes this smudge ideal for rituals of spiritual well-being and energetic cleansing.
Black sage (Salvia mellifera)
To cleanse night energy
Black sage is appreciated for aiding rest and sleep; it is also used to facilitate astral travel and shamanic experiences. The combination of these elements makes this smudge ideal for finding relaxation and inner peace.
Black sage comes from a plant that grows along the mountains that stretch from western California to British Columbia. Black sage is widely known for its spiritual and esoteric properties, so if you are dealing with nightmares and sleeps paralysis and you think it’s because of some dark entities, black sage is the right ingredient.
Desert sage (Salvia dorrii)
To cleanse your thoughts
The smudges of desert sage are burned to purify environments and raise thoughts; tradition has it that it can instill pleasant thoughts and a sense of relaxation, ward off worries and pessimistic visions, and stimulate inner strength.
Once the smudge is lit, you can purify the house by entering each room and walking around the perimeter of the rooms in a counter-clockwise direction; when you want to act on yourself or someone else, wrap your body up with smoke. A smudge of desert sage lasts for several smudging rituals.
How to choose the right kind of sage for smudging?
Just think about what you want to achieve. What’s going on that is generating negative energy? Which part of your life needs some energetic boost? Try to listen to yourself and your intuition to unveil what’s truly going on within yourself and around you.
Many times, negative energy around us is the result of our internal struggles and feeling off-balance. Try to focus on this and choose the perfect kind of sage to smudge and cleanse!
If you don’t want to smudge your place but you need a change, don’t forget I can help with my spell casting service! Check out my shop and select the best options for you and for your specific situation!