Why burn Sage and what it means to
Smudge your space...
Smudging is an ancient traditional ceremony many cultures, specifically indigenous and african people have practiced over centuries to clear negative, unwanted energy, welcome positive energy and clarity as well as heal ailments, rid the air of bacteria and provide spiritual guidance through reflection and mindfulness in addition to many other benefits!
Smudging is the name given to the ceremonial act of cleansing and purification which uses a selection of herbs, often varieties of sage, which are bundled together with string to form a smudge stick before being ignited. Smudging in your space, your home, office, business or even around your body with herbal clearing items is like taking an energetic shower, or doing a deep metaphysical cleansing to put you back into a state of balance, peace and harmony.
Why You should burn sage and other plants/herbs regularly:
Our homes, objects and bodies do not consist of purely physical matter;
they also vibrate with subtle, invisible energy. Cleansing our space or our bodies by smudging clears away all the emotional and psychic “garbage” that may have gathered over time.
The properties of sage help to cleanse and clear your environment
and even yourself and those around you of negative energy that can be stagnant, stale and energy draining. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air, and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress and anxiety and uplifting our mood.
Burning sage purifies and cleanses your environment. When burned in your living space daily, weekly or even monthly you’ll begin to notice a lightness of energy and calmness in your home.
Sage is an effective natural disinfectant, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic just to name a few. In many ancient cultures, sage sticks were used ceremonially to cleanse the air, increase oxygen levels, rid the home of negative energy, balance emotions and promote strong health. In high enough concentrations, burning sage will eliminate negative ions and can clear the air of mold spores, pollen, pet dander, odors, cigarette smoke, bacteria, viruses, dust and other hazardous airborne particles.
Why are Elle James Sage Sticks unique?
Many of the Elle James sage sticks are combinations of plants, flowers, herbs and more! So as you clear out the negative energy, you immediately replace it with positive energy!
While sage, especially white sage clears this bad energy - the freshly cleansed space is left empty if no other positive elements have been added to the cleansing session.
In order to bring your cleansing session full circle, burning a floral or sweet element at the same time or immediately after will then replace this freshly cleansed space with positive, calming and relaxing energy- depending on the bundle you've selected. Check out some of the varieties we love here!
Some of our favorite elements to add to our sage sticks are
How to sage your space:
In 5 Easy Steps...
Step 1: Open windows or a door for ventilation;
(and to let out all the funky, unwanted energy)
Step 2: Be sure to have a fireproof dish, bowl, clay tray or we suggest a traditionally
used abalone shell to catch falling embers and to rest your smudge stick between sessions. Using an abalone shell will also add the water element to your ceremony as you bring together earth, fire, air and water.
Step 3: Light one end of your stick at a slight angle with matches and then gently use circular motions to let the fire go out as your stick burns similar to incense. Have patience as you ignite your bundle as some sticks take longer to ignite than others.
Some of these bundles include: yerba santa, cedar, pine and rosemary.
Helpful Tip: use a candle flame to repeatedly ignite if necessary.
Step 4: Focus your energy on positive intentions for you and your space. Your thoughts and words have meaning, some choose to simply say whats on their heart or mind, others recite prayers and some simply think good thoughts!
Step 5: Once you have a good amount of smoke going, use your hand or a traditionally used smudging feather to direct the smoke over and around your body to first cleanse yourself. Then begin cleansing your space, making sure you waft the smoke in every corner and crevice your able to. As you walk through your space, visualize the smoke removing negative energy from your life and home. If your able, speak/think positive intentions for your life and your space as you move throughout the different areas of your home.
Once you've cleansed the desired space, gently tamp out your stick in your fireproof dish or abalone shell and ensure the stick is extinguished.
Depending on the size of your space and the length of time the stick burns, your stick should last multiple sessions ranging from 2-10 depending on the size of your age stick.
Other ways to Clear the vibes:
Elle James smudging spray also called cleansing spray is handcrafted and made in small batches and charged with crystal energy.
This light and airy spray is a nice alternative to burning sage.
Its great for cleansing energy on the go, or in smoke free environments. This blend of natural plants and herbs is enhanced by a small quartz crystal included in every bottle to ensure the good vibes and positive energy continue to flow. Once your bottle is empty, we suggest placing the crystal in your wallet, a special drawer or with your crystal collection!
Please be sure to keep out of children's reach, especially when using our kids spray bottle: "Monsters-Be-Gone"
This spray helps to clear the energy around you before you enter your home or office and can be a unique gift for those who may not be ready to burn a smudge stick just yet.
*It's important to note, clearing sprays are less effective at clearing energy in comparison to burning sage*
Palo Santo is a spiritual tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”.
It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon.
Palo Santo clears negative energy AND brings positive energy, welcoming creativity and good fortune.
Palo Santo is one of our favorite things to burn in the morning as we start our day and in the evening as we prepare to calm our mind and have a restful sleep.
It is traditional to use a bird's feather to brush the smoke over the person or object being blessed. It is important to use the underside of the feather to wash the smoke over the object of blessing. It is the underside of the bird and its wings that face the Mother Earth as it flies and it is this surface of the feather that offers the blessing medicine of the bird.
If your a person that thinks smudging is not necessary or just some kind of “hoop-lah”
with no science to back it up, think again!
Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology entitled Medicinal Smokes in 2006
found that burning smudge sticks has the ability to cleanse the surrounding air
of harmful bacteria.
The authors reported: “The most frequent medical indications for medicinal smoke are pulmonary (23.5%), neurological (21.8%) and dermatological (8.1%).
A very large list of pathogenic bacteria was shown to be absent in an open room after a remarkable 30 days following treatment, leading the authors to conclude, “We have demonstrated that by using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.”
Additional articles about the benefits of Smudging:
The Oprah Magazine:
Very Well Mind:
Always use caution. Keep out of children and pets reach.
Some information included in this reference guide was found at the following websites: