The idea of flowing or lingering energy has lived for thousands of years. Cultures around the world have believed that a person's energy is like perfume, and that once you come in contact with someone else's energy, good or bad, it tends to linger. So... what's there to do about it? Cleanse the space of course!
Both sage and palo santo work separately to cleanse a space. But, they can be even more powerful in tandem. Either way, it's pretty important to know the history behind why we do what we do, and best practices.
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Burning sage is a beautiful practice that's lived on for thousands of years. The ancient ritual has roots within Native American. We've found references to the following tribes: Lakota, Chumash, Cahuilla.
Many believe this plant has the power to shift energy into a happier or calmer state, and it might have something to do with the idea that Shamans used the herb to cleanse people of negativity, to promote healing and more. But even science has begun catching up to the plant’s undeniable efforts of being considered a healing herb.
How To Use Sage
- Open all the windows, closets and doors in your home.
- Head to your sacred space, or alter—this can typically be your meditation area or where you keep your sage, and crystals.
- Optional: Burn a candle, set an intention and then light your sage with the candle.
- OR: Light your Sage with a candle, match, or lighter.
- Allow it to burn until you see the golden embers surround the lit edge of the stick and blow it out.
- You can begin by cleansing yourself first—bring the smoke towards your heart, then head, and front and back body.
- Cleanse the space beginning on the lowest level and moving from room to room. Use a feather or your hand to waft the smoke into all four corners, where the ceiling and wall meet. Then direct the smoke out through the windows and doorways.
- Once you’ve finished, you can rub your sage in your fireproof bowl or using an abalone shell. You just have to make sure it has sea salt to burn the shells iridescent enamel. Never put out sage in water or you’ll run the risk of not being able to use it again.
About Palo Santo
Palo Santo (Holy Wood in Spanish) is an extremely fragrant wood often used in smudging and cleansing rituals in order to welcome good luck, fortune, love and good energy.
Similar to white sage, Palo Santo is often used to cleanse, to get rid of evil spirits and influences. Its smoke is believed by many to have healing and therapeutic powers. It’s also said to enhance creativity and bring good fortune to those who are open to its mysterious ways.
How To Use Palo Santo
- Light your Palo Santo with a candle, match or lighter.
- Allow the stick to burn for any time from 30 seconds to a minute before you blow it out. If you burn it for anything less, it may not stay lit while you cleanse your space.
- Move around the space in which you wish to clear the energy, allowing the smoke to waft around each area.
- When you are done, place the stick in a fireproof bowl or ashtray and allow the embers to burn out. Do not use water as you run a chance it won’t light again.
After you have performed your smudging ritual you may notice a lightness around you and your environment, more positive energy, more energy in general, better focus, more clarity among many more beneficial aspects.
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If burning sage or palo santo aren't your thing, there are other ways you can bring wellness practices into your daily routine. Consider starting your day with meditation, journaling, yoga, or even delve into learning about tarot cards. If done thoughtfully, these rituals can help you bring more peace and intention into your life.
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