white sage stickI recommend smudging to many of my clients and  as a way to clear negative energy and negative entities. In this article, I relay the history behind smudging, the reasons for using a smudge stick, the best type to purchase and how to burn sage to clear negative energy and entities.

Smudging is a sacred Native American tradition of using white sage to clear negative energy and entities.  It is my first line of defense in my home and in my intuitive practice when a low amount of negative energy needs to be cleared.  Even my youngest son will come tell me when it’s time to cleanse his room because he can sense it.

There are a variety of reasons why you would use a smudge stick.  Here are just a few examples:

  • A child is frightened of his/her room.  If the child refuses to go in their room or avoids it even after smudging, you may need to have your home cleared.
  • Cleanse a crystal, a piece of furniture, or any other object that you’re recently acquired or purchased.  You don’t know how many people have touched those objects and put their energy on them.  Or maybe you need to re-cleanse an object at some point, such as a crystal that you’ve used frequently and need to cleanse and recharge.
  • Cleansing a home, office or even land.  This may be because you’ve recently moved in or because you can detect negative energy or entities there.  If smudging does not work, please contact me for a space or house clearing.
  • You might cleanse a hotel or meeting space upon arriving.
  • If you suspect that someone may have a negative entity attached to them, burning sage in their aura ~may~ be able to cleanse it.  Be sure and be confident and use authority when using this practice.  If it has been there for some time or smudging is not effective, you may contact me for an aura clearing.
  • Regularly cleaning your living and work space is a good ritual for keeping it clear of emotions you or others may have brought into the space.
  • Full/new moon ceremony, solstice ceremonies, etc.

I recommend white sage that has been hand-collected and hand-tied.  This is the only type I buy because I feel it is collected with love and the intention behind it is pure.  However, if you need something on short notice, sage sticks can typically be purchased in natural health food stores, metaphysical book stores and rock shops.

To burn sage, take your smudge stick and light it until there is a good amount of smoke.  Blow out any flames.  The smoke is what clears the energy so you want a stick that really produces a lot of smoke.  They don’t all smoke well.  You want to make sure that you always turn it in a counter-clockwise motion.  When smudging a house or room, be sure you “get” the doorways, mirrors, windows and the corners of the rooms and ceilings.  These are the places that the negative energy and entities get in or congregate.  For a person, you want to make sure the smoke gets in the person’s aura.

I do recommend that if your child is old enough to safely handle the smudge stick, let them cleanse their own room.  This empowers them to take control over their space and the energy there.

If the smudge smoke is not an option due to breathing difficulties, you can find sage spray or make some with your own sage essential oil and witch hazel or water.

Smudging is a sacred ritual and should be practiced as such.  While there are many times and places to use white sage for cleansing, these are simply the more common ways and methods of using it today.  Please share your experiences with burning sage in the comments below.