Since time of ancient civilizations herbal remedies have been used as scents, flavorings and medicines. The ritual of smudging sage has its roots in Native American tradition, and is today widely used in different cultures and traditions.
Spring equinox (also called the March equinox) marks the official spring season, and change of season is a great time for renewal, for ones self as well as our atmosphere, our home.
Sage origins from the Latin word Salvia Salvare, meaning to heal, and the herb has been mentioned in the oldest Egyptian medical text, Egypt Papyrus for its healing properties. It has many features but is mostly known as a remedy for purifying and cleansing purposes.
Sage also carries antimicrobial properties and therefore has the potential to improve our air quality, and in science it has been observed that sage can disinfect the air and may clear up to 94% of bacteria in the air. Simply put, sage clears bacteria in the air.
The technique for burning sage is known as smudging, a sage burning and intentional ritual. To burn and to smudge the sage, light the tip of the smudge and blow it out. The sage stick put out a lot of soothing smoke. It is useful to open up a window or door to let the air circulate, so that the cleansing procedure can be as effective as possible. In the original smudging rituals, the materials involved represent the four elements, a central theme in many Native American rituals. The bowl represents water, the herbs represents earth, the feather and wind represents air, and the flame represents fire.
Sage is often sold as a bundle of dried leaves. Make sure that is is ethically sourced, and friendly traded. Dried Rosemary is another great alternative for cleansing the air, as a variation to Sage.