Sage belongs to the Salvia plant family, derived from the Latin word salvere, which translates to “to heal”. It is a powerful herb that when burned or ‘smudged’, it can produce an instant ‘energy shift’ that often translates into feeling ‘lighter, clearer, and calmer.
From a scientific point of view, a number of studies have shown that burning sage has antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities, can serve as an insect repellent, improve mood and cognition, release negative ions, and even ease insomnia. In fact, one study found sage can absorb up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria.
But the spiritual benefits of sage burning is what it’s best known for.
Use a candle, match or lighter to ignite your stick of Sage. Hold at about a 45 degree angle and light the tip of the stick. Allow it to burn for about 30 secs to 1 minute while you move about your workspace, home, car, bathroom or anywhere you would like an energy cleanse.