Sage smudging or sage clearing is the ritual of burning sacred herbs and helps clear out any negative energy in your home!
Many years ago when we moved into our home, a friend of mine gifted us a “house clearing”. I was not sure what that meant exactly, but she said it was a way to clear out any negative energy left behind. I was skeptical, but kept an open mind and really enjoyed the whole process.
One of the most interesting aspects was the use of white sage that she burned throughout the house and explained how the negative energy attaches to the smoke of the smoldering sage and then is released after opening a window or door.
What is Sage Smudging?
I was very curious about this ritual and since we work in a business that is all about enhancing our customers home experience, we decided to look into it. The Native Americans started the tradition of using white sage in ceremonies to seek blessings of health and prosperity, banish negative energies and encourage protection. They believe that sage, as a living being has a Spirit that is dedicated to offering protection, blessings and clearing.
How Does Sage Smudging work?
A smudge wand is made up of a bundle of sage that is wound tight with string. You light the sage at the very tip of the wand and if there are flames you blow them out so you just have smoldering smoke coming off of the wand.
Throughout each room in your house you waft the smoke throughout the room and around the windows and doors. Proceed into each room and do the same. After 15 minutes or so you can open up windows and doors to release the energies that have attached to the smoke and the rooms immediately feel lighter, clearer and airier.
How to Make a sage Wand:
We have so much white sage in our garden so my son and I decided to try making sage wands ourselves and were pleasantly surprised with how easy it was.
Step 1: Harvested the white sage that is abundant this time of year.
Step 2: Place stems together, then insert leaves within the stems to create a larger bundle.
Step 3: Use twine and criss-cross the twine up the wand until all of the sage leaves are bound.
Step 4: Light and clear!
We highly recommend it and will be carrying sage wands for you to try for yourself and we would love to hear about your experiences!