Sage is considered to be one of the most powerful herbs used in magic and spiritual rituals. Since ancient times, sorcerers, witches, and shamans have used this plant during various rites and rituals for making potions, amulets, and charms. Sage drives away evil spirits, protects people from the evil eye, damage, and misfortune, and even promotes fertility. In this article, we will share with you the benefits of sage and different ways to use it.
What Is Sage?
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a perennial herb in the mint family. It can be found all over the world, from the Mediterranean to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. It has long been used as an herb in Mediterranean cuisine, used for medicinal and spiritual purposes.
What are Sage Benefits?
Sage has many amazing benefits. Here are some of them:
#1: Remedy for treating depression, anxiety, and mood disorders
Sage smoke offers rapid delivery to the brain and efficient absorption to the body. It can clear up to 94% of airborne bacteria in a space and disinfect the air. When it is burned, it releases negative ions, which are linked to putting people in a positive mood. Moreover, it’s a great ally against stress.
#2: Smudging sage connects us to the spiritual realm and boosts intuition
#3: Purification of negativity
#4: Cleansing or empowering specific objects
Burning sage creates fragrant smoke central to smudging’s benefits. You can use this incense to smudge yourself or specific spaces. Or, you can smudge specific objects.
This can be useful with new purchases, crystals, wallets, money, business cards, etc. If you have any concerns with negative history or energy attached to a new or unfamiliar object, smudging may help bring peace of mind and make the object more sacred to you. Or you can use smudging for creating magnetic energy for the object.
#5: Improves the quality of your sleep
Sage is often used to safeguard against negativity that could interfere with sleep. It contains compounds that could help ease insomnia.
#6: Increases focus
White sage can enhance cognition and alertness.
#7: Boosts energy
Smudging helps to cleanse the energy bodies, objects, and spaces of bad energy and also can help welcome newer, fresher, and more positive energies. It has an energizing effect and helps with fatigue.
Different Kinds of Sage
There are many types of sage that you can use for smudging. Here are some common examples.
1. White Sage
It’s suitable for most smudging rituals, such as cleansing, healing, protection, etc. White sage is perfect for meditation. It improves overall mood and cognitive function. Moreover, it kills some ariel bacteria and improves sleep quality. When mixed with other herbs, it makes a wonderful base for a custom smudging blend.
2. Common Sage
It is a close relative of White Sage and has many of the same benefits. In addition, it promotes wisdom, builds emotional strength, and may help to heal grief.
3. Blue Sage
It got its name for abundant blue flowers and blue-ish leaves. It has thin leaves. The fragrance of this kind is both herbaceous and floral, similar to Lavender. It’s good for healing and cleansing rituals and meditation. Also, it provides spiritual strength, and it’s beneficial for attracting abundance, prosperity, and success.
4. Lavender Sage
It has calming, peaceful, and sedating effects. Lavender Sage inspires love and relieves anxiety. It is a great choice for your manifesting practices and rituals.
5. Black Sage
It is usually used to encourage dreams and visions. When burned before bedtime, it aids in restful sleep and lucid dreaming. It is often used for astral travel, shamanic practices, and for protection.
6. Desert Sage
It has skinny, branched leaves and a light brown color. Usually, it is used for cleansing and purifying, protection, and boosting inner power. Also, it helps to bring pleasant thoughts, to relieve headaches and anxiety.
7. Dakota Sage
Its aroma and appearance are very similar to that of Desert Sage. However, its fragrance is usually less intense.
Different Ways to Use Sage
1. Energy Cleansing
Evil spirits are afraid of the bitter smell of sage. It is one of the most powerful anti-demonic herbs that affect the energy of the entire body. Smudging is the best way to use it for energy-cleansing purposes.
Alternatively, you can hang a small bundle of it in the house (it works best in the bedroom or the hallway). Its smell is too nasty for evil spirits such that they are forced to leave your house.
2. Ritual bath
A Sage ritual bath is a powerful way to cleanse your aura. Take such baths at least once a week. But first, make sure that you don’t have allergies and contraindications.
3. Attracting money
Did you know that sage is a wonderful money attractor? For this purpose, fumigate your wallet and a banknote with it. Then put that banknote in your wallet. In no case do not spend this bill and do not give it to anyone, as it is charged with magnetic money energy! In addition to the money magnet, this simple yet powerful technique will protect your wallet and your money against pickpockets.
4. Protection from energy vampires and evil eye
If you put a piece of sage in your shoe under the right heel, it will help you to avoid energy vampires and the evil eye. This trick will also help you not to lose energy while communicating with toxic people. Don’t use the same piece of sage twice for this purpose. Always replace it with a fresh piece.
5. Lucid dreaming, astral projection, and protection from astral attacks
If you put a piece of sage inside your pillow, it will help you to improve your sleep, increase lucid dreaming and even have prophetic dreams. Moreover, such a pillow will help you to commit safe astral projections and will protect you from astral attacks.
Smudging helps to improve odor in your house and mood. Simply smudge around your home. You can place the bundle in a fireproof bowl or shell and allow it to smoke for a while.
How to Smudge?
It’s important to leave a window open before, during, and after smudging. This allows smoke to escape and take away impurities and negative energy with it.
- Light the end of a sage bundle with a match. Blow it out quickly if it catches on fire.
- Make sure that the tips of the leaves smolder slowly, releasing thick smoke.
- Direct this smoke around your body and space with one hand while holding the bundle in the other.
- Allow the ash to collect in a fireproof bowl or shell.
Smudging Living Space
When smudging your living space, direct sage smoke over all surfaces and spaces in your living area.
Smudging an Object
When smudging an object, direct smoke around and over it.
Never leave burning sage unattended.
Setting off smoke alarms is common. Consider this if you are smudging in a public building.
If you have asthma and other respiratory conditions, you may be more sensitive to the smoke and even may experience adverse reactions.
Always leave a window open while smudging because inhaling smoke can be dangerous to your health.