We gather our sage ourselves from the desert just on the other side of the Cascades.
Smudging (the act of burning sage) has its roots in the tribal ceremonies and healing rituals of indigenous peoples around the world. It has been used for everything from headaches to cleansing a home after an illness and even regaining strength after childbirth.
A study done by the National Botanical Research Institute in 2007 showed that sage smoke can disinfect approximately 94% of bacteria from the air. Such a powerful plant!
Our local variety of Sage Brush (Artemisia tridentata) has a similar rich, woodsy scent similar to White Sage, but is less likely to be over-harvested, making it a more sustainable choice.
Use and care
Light the top of the sage bundle, and while burning, lightly wave around the perimeter of the room or space to fill the area. Put out the embers completely when finished in an ashtray or something similar.
Some ideas for when you might want to burn sage:
- When moving into a new home or apartment
- Before starting a new job or launching your own company
- Before yoga or meditation practices
- Before and after entertaining guests in your home
- After recovering from an illness
- When returning home from travel
- Moments when you want a little strength or clarity
Dried local Washington wild sage leaves, natural fiber string.
Hand harvested locally in Western Washington.
End of life
Compost any strings or sprigs you don't burn.