White sage ‘salvia apiana’ comes from the coastal mountains of California. Sage is one of the most sacred herbs among the indigenous peoples of North America.
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Clean burning sage is used in the energy cleansing ritual known as smudging (or purification), which in theory means the smoke would attach itself to the negative energy in the area and cleanse it so that it becomes positive energy.
White sage has been ubiquitous in Native American purification and healing ceremonies for centuries. Smudging a hand-tied bundle of white sage was so common for initiating certain rituals that it could be compared to the act of washing your hands before eating, given the cleansing power that these tribes attributed to it.
Today, these bundles are known to have health properties which are highly valued by natural medicine specialists, who have seen that they have much greater potential than the cleansing power attributed to them by ancient Native American tribes.
First of all, we must shed a little light on white sage: this plant is a member of the mint family, which indigenous communities revered for its power to eliminate impurities, both in the body and in the spirit.
This species has been given many different uses throughout history, having formed part of countless rituals and recipes. In its infused form, it is traditionally applied to relieve abdominal pain, certain diseases such as gingivitis, bad breath, and some skin problems.
In its ancient bundle form, it is dried so that it can be burned. The fragrance given off by its smoke is pleasant and intense, and is regularly used in aromatherapy due to its ability to increase the oxygen supply to the brain.
This has various positive effects, such as increased concentration or helping you to relax in the face of stressful situations. It is also recommended for alleviating the symptoms of depression, which is one of the most feared and common psychological illnesses of today.
Although smudging is often viewed as some sort of mythical practice, these claims are actually supported by science; it has been proven that, as is true of other similar herbs, White Sage smoke changes the molecular structure of the air, which promotes greater oxygenation of the brain.
These incenses are also commonly used to purify new homes and purge them of any negative energy. Given its pleasant aroma, the use of white sage can only be considered positive.
White sage has survived over the centuries, being passed down from our ancestors until reaching modern life. And, when something survives for such a long period of time, it can only be because its properties are very beneficial, if you know how to harness its potential.
In its incense form, it diffuses a mystical air that complements its way of tempering the spirit and, as such, it can be considered little less than a little gift from nature.