Cleansing your space is a beautiful activity. Whether you are creating a zone in which you can meditate — complete with a yoga mat and candles — or simply cleansing your home, we have the guide for you. Read our tutorial on how you can start using sage now.
Revealed: How sage cleansing works
You may already know that people use sage to cleanse the environment but how does this work? The truth is relatively simple. When you burn sage, it gets rid of more than 90% of the airborne bacteria. Much of the time, you will have no idea where this bacteria is.
Sage takes its name from the Latin word “salvia,” which means “to heal.” The etymology indicates why the plant has been used in healing ceremonies since the dawn of time.
What to do before burning sage incense
If you are ready to start burning sage incense, there are some precautions you should take. Follow our advice ahead of lighting the plant and using it in this aspect of your practice:
Air out the space
Burning sage incense can be smoky. For that reason, you need to make sure that there is a solid flow of air through the environment. You can do that by opening the windows and doors.
Gather what you need
If you are going down the traditional route, you can use an abalone shell to hold your sage when you are burning it. You may also choose to get a feather to fan out the sage as you work. Before you start lighting your sage, you need to gather these things at home.
Use lit sage incense to cleanse your space
When you have done all of the above, you can use lit sage to cleanse your space. To start this, you should hold the sage at a 45-degree angle and light it for 20 seconds at a time.
Move the plant around your home and be intentional with your movements. If you find that the sage doesn’t remain lit, you are not alone. Many people have this problem.
One of the things that you can do is loosen the sage and even try to fan it out. You should find that this keeps the sage alight while you are using it.
Sage is a traditional and spiritual plant that you can use in your everyday practice. Cleansing your space with it is easier than you might imagine. In this guide, we have covered the basics so that you know where to begin.