Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual.
Sage Smudging has been traditionally used to safeguard against negativity that could interfere with sleep. Some research suggests that sage contains compounds that could help ease insomnia. It’s also been used to soothe anxiety.
Smudging may also be used as a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others.
This may help you establish a positive environment for meditation or another ritual. Choosing to sit and let go of negative thoughts in a ritual like this sets your intention and dedication to self-improvement. Choosing to engage in ritual can be the beginning of your change in mindset.
The basic tools needed:
- a smudge stick
- a seashell or bowl of ceramic, clay, or glass to hold burning sage or capture ash
- optional feather or fan for fanning smoke