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All About White Sage

White sage (Salvia apiana), also known as sacred sage, is a plant native to North America and has been traditionally used by various indigenous cultures for its spiritual and medicinal properties. The spiritual uses of white sage often involve smudging, a practice where dried sage leaves are burned, and the smoke is used for various purposes. Below are some of the spiritual uses of white sage:

  1. Cleansing and purification: White sage is commonly used for smudging to purify the energy of a space, object, or person. The smoke is believed to clear negative energy, release stagnant or harmful energies, and create a clean and sacred environment.

  2. Rituals and ceremonies: White sage is an integral part of many indigenous rituals and ceremonies, such as sweat lodges, vision quests, and other spiritual gatherings. It is often used to create a sacred and purifying atmosphere.

  3. Blessings and prayers: Some people use white sage during prayer or meditation to help create a focused and sacred space. The act of smudging is considered a form of prayer in itself, and the smoke is believed to carry one's intentions and blessings.

  4. Spiritual protection: White sage is thought to have protective qualities. It is used to shield against negative influences, harmful energies, and entities. Some people smudge themselves with white sage to create a protective barrier around their aura.

  5. Healing and balancing: White sage is sometimes used in healing rituals to help restore physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. It is believed to assist in clearing emotional blockages and promoting overall well-being.

  6. Connection with the spirit world: In some indigenous traditions, white sage is used to connect with the spirit world, ancestors, and guides. It is thought to facilitate communication with the unseen realms and enhance one's intuition and spiritual insight.

  7. Releasing and letting go: White sage is used to release attachments, old patterns, and negative emotions. People often smudge themselves or their surroundings to symbolize a fresh start and the release of what no longer serves them.

  8. Grounding and centering: The aroma of white sage is believed to have grounding and centering properties, helping individuals stay rooted and connected to the Earth, making it easier to focus during meditation and spiritual practices.


How to use:

Gather your supplies:

  • White sage bundle: You can find dried white sage bundles in-store, as well as bundles with other herbs mixed in that add additional uses and fragrance.

  • Fireproof container: Use a fireproof dish or abalone shell to catch the ashes and embers from the burning sage.

  • Matches or a lighter: You'll need a way to ignite the sage bundle.

  • Feather or fan (optional): Some people use a feather or fan to waft the smoke during the smudging process.

Prepare yourself:

  • Before you begin, take a few moments to ground yourself and set your intention for the smudging ceremony. You can say a prayer, mantra, or affirmation to focus your energy and purpose.

Light the sage bundle:

  • Hold one end of the white sage bundle and use matches or a lighter to ignite the other end. Allow it to burn for a moment until it catches fire.

Allow it to smolder:

  • Once the sage bundle is burning, blow out the flame, leaving it to smolder. The white sage will produce a fragrant, cleansing smoke.

Start smudging:

  • Begin smudging by walking through the space you want to purify. Wave the smoldering sage bundle around in a counterclockwise or widdershins direction, starting at the entrance and moving through the entire area. If you are purifying an entire house then you will want to open your front door and start at the back of the house, this ensures the negative energy will be forced out the front door as you cleanse room to room. Pay special attention to corners, doorways, and areas with stagnant energy.

Focus on your intention:

  • As you move through the space, focus on your intention. Imagine the smoke carrying away negative energy and impurities, leaving behind a sense of peace, clarity, and positive energy.

Smudge yourself (Optional):

  • After smudging the space, you can smudge yourself if desired. Start at your feet and move the sage bundle up your body, ensuring you smudge around your entire body and paying special attention to your heart and head.

Extinguish the sage:

  • Once you've finished smudging, place the smoldering sage bundle in your fireproof container to safely extinguish it. Make sure it is completely out and not still smoldering.


  • Many people choose to save the ashes for use as a spell component but if you have no need then you can dispose of them in a variety of ways. The most common would be to bury the ashes or simply allow the wind to carry them away; however you choose, be sure you are doing it with respect and gratitude.


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