Whether you’ve moved into a new home or you want to improve the energy of your current home, burning sage is one of the best ways to purify a space and rid it of negative energy. Sage is an herb that is used both for cooking and for medicinal purposes. When you burn sage, a process that is known as smudging, the smoke from the sage is believed to carry away negative energy, leaving the space around you clean and purified.
While the idea of smudging your home may seem like a complicated process, it’s actually quite easy to do. You can buy a smudge stick, which is a bundle of herbs (the most common are sage, cedar and sweetgrass) for less than $10. Pour clean sand or fine dirt in a ceramic dish. Place the smudge stick on the dish. Light the stick and allow the smoke to permeate your rooms. Open the closet doors and cabinets to allow the smoke to make its way throughout your home. You don’t want bad energy to hide inside of a drawer or cabinet. Again, as the smoke moves through the room, it will attract the negativity and take it away.
Ideally, you also want to give the bad energy a place to go. Open a door or window so that the smoke can take the negativity outside of your space.
How often should you burn sage?
There are no rules for how often you should burn sage or smudge your house. Some people smudge when they’ve experienced a traumatic event or when they feel that negative energy has entered their home. Others smudge regularly, such as once or twice a day, once a week or once a month. Some people smudge whenever they are beginning a spiritual ritual. It’s always a good idea to smudge when you move into a new home so that you can get rid of any negative energy that might have been left behind by those who previously lived there.
There is also no rule saying that your home is the only space that you can smudge. For example, you can smudge your car or workspace. Just make sure it won’t cause any problems at work. For example, your employer could say that the smoke that results from smudging violates the company’s ‘no smoking’ policy. You may also want to make sure that co-workers who may not understand what you’re doing aren’t around when you perform the ritual unless you’re prepared to answer all of their questions.
Perhaps more important than how often you smudge is your state of mind when you do smudge. Smudging is a very sacred ritual and you should be clear about your intention to create a sacred and pure environment before getting started. Click here to buy a smudge stick and begin your home purification process.