I use sage smoke to clear any negative energy from my person and my space after a bunch of people have been to my house, if my house has been empty for a couple of days, for thrift store and antique finds, or after I’ve done a good physical cleaning.
The ritual of burning herbs comes from many ancient traditions, from native Americans to the Wicca tradition, Catholics and even some Christian denominations burn incense and herbs. It’s all about your intention.
Sage is gathered from the earth with great care, bundled tightly and hung to dry. I am fortunate to live in a location that has a lot of natural sage and if I happen upon some on a hike or walk, I will pick a little to bundle. It is important to show gratitude for this harvest.
I also grow sage in my garden every summer. This sage is a little different and has broader leaves than the plains sagebrush of South Dakota, or California white sage that is commonly sold in metaphysical shops. I like to burn my homegrown sage because it has a nice, deep earthy smell. Also, the bundles I make are smaller than typical sage bundles. The size is perfect for one-room or small space cleansing.
I sell small quantities of my homegrown sage and white sage bundles over in my Etsy shop. Stop by and see what I have in stock!