Sage Burning (Smudging) – 6 Natural Living Benefits

Sage Burning (Smudging) may not be your typical, everyday practice, but it should be as it has amazing mental health and body benefits for natural living!  Sage Burning, also known as smudging, is an ancient spiritual ritual. It has been well established as a Native American cultural or tribal practice, although it isn’t practiced by all groups.  Many other cultures around the world share similar rituals. 

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Benefits of Sage Burning (Smudging) In Your Home:

  •  REDUCES AIR BORN BACTERIA: The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties, which means by smudging your home you can keep bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay! White prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) is both antimicrobial and antibacterial. White sage (Salvia apiana) is also antimicrobial. And both have been shown to repel insects. One 2007 study found that burning sage for an hour decreased the level of aerial bacteria by 94 percent. These effects were preserved for up to 24 hours afterward. WOW! 
  •  RELEASES NEGATIVE IONS FROM THE AIR:  Though scientifically unproven, burning sage is said to help neutralize positive ions such as pet dander, pollution, dust and mold.  Burning sage (smudging) may be a blessing for those with asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. But inhaling the smoke during the smudging can aggravate it. Wait until the smoke clears before spending time in the room.
  • CLEARS NEGATIVE ENERGY: The smoke helps to change the molecular structure of both the air and energy, which produces a cleansing effect. As the sense of smell is strongly linked to memory and instinct, smudging is very effective for combating feels of anger, fear, anxiety, grief and depression.                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • HAS RELAXING EFFECTS:  Sage Burning (Smudging) can offer calming, relaxing effects that are known to help lower blood pressure, relieve stress and tension and normalize breathing rates, as the negative ions produced are absorbed directly into your bloodstream.  They may even help to fight off damaging free radicals that can lead to premature aging and disease!                                                                                                                                             
  • IMPROVES SLEEP. An Italian study showed that negative ions can help improve sleep patterns, also have positive effects on regulating serotonin production.  Get to this ritual every night before bed!                                                                                                                                                                                    
  • CLEANSES HEALING STONES AND CRYSTALS:  When you first obtain crystals or have been using them for some time, or even if they have been left sitting around somewhere, they will have absorbed a range of different energies.  You will want to smudge them to get your intentions and emotions into them so they can be the most effective! Read my article on the benefits of crystals and healing stones here! 


What you need to practice sage burning (smudging) in your home: 

The practice of sage burning (smudging) is fairly simple, with few necessary tools.

Basic tools include:

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  • a sage bundle (or smudge stick) You can click the picture or get one local! 
  • a seashell or bowl of ceramic, clay, or glass to hold burning sage and capture ash
  • matches over a man made lighter
  • optional feather or fan for fanning smoke

How to practice sage burning (smudging) in your home: 

  1. Light the end of a sage bundle with a match. Blow out quickly if it catches on fire.
  2. The tips of the leaves should smolder slowly, releasing thick smoke. Direct this smoke around your body, space or object with one hand while holding the bundle in the other.
  3. Allow the incense to linger on the areas of your body or surroundings you’d like to focus on. Using a fan or feather can also help direct the smoke, though this is optional.
  4. Allow the ash to collect in a ceramic bowl or shell.


In Closing for this Sage Burning (Smudging) article:

I love all the benefits you can potentially receive from burning sage or smudging and have personally added it to my own relaxation techniques, I hope you will do the same.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me today! If you love my articles and want to connect with me further, I encourage you to do just that as my tribe is never too full of like minded people! I LOVE writing about natural living and want to help as many people as possible! Thank you for giving me that opportunity! 


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