Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual. Smudging has been well established as a Native American cultural or tribal practice, although it isn’t practiced by all groups.
We have the traditions of many Native American peoples to thank for its use. This includes the Lakota, Chumash, Cahuilla, among others. Many other cultures around the world share similar rituals.
The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they have the potential to keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay. Beliefs that burning sage clears out spiritual impurities, pathogens, and even insects have been fundamental to the practice of smudging. Though scientifically unproven, burning sage is thought to release negative ions. This is said to help neutralize positive ions.
Smudging may also be used as a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others.
This may help you establish a positive environment for meditation or another ritual. Choosing to sit and let go of negative thoughts in a ritual like this sets your intention and dedication to self-improvement. Choosing to engage in ritual can be the beginning of your change in mindset.
Smudging is not something to be taken lightly and should be approached with respect and gratitude towards the marginalized group of people who began this practice. Always use caution and do not leave burning stick unattended.
Sage stick is approximately 4" long.
Orders of 12 or more sticks will receive the low price of $2.75 per stick.