5 Powerful Healing Benefits of Burning Sage

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Many herbs carry the potential to heal the mind, body, and spirit. One herb with powerful properties is sage.

Over thousands of years, many cultures, including the Maoris, Buddhists, and Native Americans, burned sage as a sacred practice to cleanse spaces, purify, and heal people. But, what did they gain from burning sage?

Top 5 Healing Advantages of Burning Sage

Do you need some healing that Western medicine cannot seem to provide? If so, read on to learn how sage burning may help.

1. Spiritual Purification

Many people burn sage to cleanse a room, object, or person in order to purify the desired target. Smudging purifies on a couple of different levels.

Negative energy can manifest essentially anywhere, from a number of causes. When this happens, it may get trapped.

You may feel mental or physical symptoms from this energy, and find no other root cause to explain it. Symptoms may include sudden depression, fatigue, anger, stomach ache, and other types of pain.

Many ancient cultures believed that the smoke from sage can capture this energy and carry it up to the heavens. People today still swear by it and use it in spiritual practices.

2. Antimicrobial Properties

But, maybe science can explain it a little better for the skeptics in the room who do not buy into spiritual cleansing. Research on medicinal smoke, like smudging with sage, reveals that it kills 94% of airborne bacteria in a space within an hour. They found this effect lasts 30 days or more.

By killing human pathogenic bacteria with this smoke, it may heal people of some ailments and protect them for a while! It also sanitizes their surroundings.

Maybe this explains the spiritual cleansing sage smudging creates. Or, maybe it works on both a spiritual and physical level.

3. Relieves Allergy Symptoms

Allergens, like pollen, pet dander, and mold, tend to release positive ions into the air. Positive ions form when atoms bond by the loss of an electron and often float around the air in the form of carbon dioxide molecules.

When these positively charged molecules get blown through the wind, they attach to the particles we commonly refer to as allergens.

These charged ions create a ton of negative symptoms in the body. They irritate, causing headaches, breathing difficulties, and other irritations.

Water and many plants counteract these effects, as they release negative ions. These are particles formed by gaining an extra electron.

One of the great benefits of burning sage is that it also releases these negative ions. Many people who suffer from allergies find sage burning extremely beneficial.

4. Mood Booster

Burning sage can also heal your mind. People often report a boost in mood and reduction in stress after smudging.

Many cultures use Estafiate, a form of white sage, to treat anxiety and depression. Why does this work?

One team of researchers discovered that Salvia apiana, another white sage, works on cannabinoid CB1 receptors in the brain. The activation of the endocannabinoid system in the human body modulates dopamine, which raises spirits and alleviates stress.

Burning sage also improves mood in the same way that it relieves allergies. The positive ions can lead to stress and depression, while positive ions counteract that effect.

5. Sleep

This practice may also improve the overall quality of your sleep. Doctors link the lack of sleep to a number of health conditions, including obesity, depression, diabetes, memory impairment, heart disease, stroke, and accident-related injuries.

The sage heals other ailments and purifies the spirit, making for better sleep. This will provide increased energy and better overall health.

How to Burn Sage

To burn sage, you will need a smudge stick. You can choose from a variety of types, including white, green, blue, or lavender, but most people choose white sage for purification.

To capture the ash, you need a bowl. Some smudgers choose to use an abalone seashell bowl to incorporate the fourth elemental, water because sage represents Earth, smoke signifies air, and when lit, you get fire.

Some people believe that the butane in manufactured lighters kills some of the medicinal properties in sage. Though this claim is not backed by research, you may choose to air on the side of caution and use matches to light your stick.

Clear the room of animals and other people who do not wish to participate so you set a positive tone. If you wish to gain spiritual healing from smudging, set your intentions and pray to your higher power.

For instance, you may state that the purpose of this ritual is to heal your anxiety and to act more selfless. You can set any intentions you wish.

Now, to smudge yourself or another person, light the end of your sage leaves. Gently blow out the fire, so you see smoldering rather than flames.

As thick smoke releases from the leaves, use a feather or your hands to bring the smoke towards you to basically bathe your body in it.

As ash drops off of the leaves, allow it to collect in your bowl. For a full effect, let the smoke linger on your body, especially on the areas you wish to focus the healing on.

Once you soaked yourself in the sage smoke, purify your surroundings. You want to use a feather or paper fan to spread it across the room.

Walk around the edges of the room in a circle. If you move clockwise, it helps you and the room absorb positive energy.

Moving around the room counterclockwise, on the other hand, helps to break up areas of negative energy in the room and within yourself. Choose the direction that best suits your individual needs.

Seek Out Full Healing

Seek out healing for your mind, body, and soul to help you live a happier and healthier life. Burning sage is just one way to help heal yourself on every level.

Life carries so many mysteries and part of healing is cleansing our energy as we discover who we are and why we are here. Look into speaking with a shaman psychic, for further healing, on our website.

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