Meditation Series: Burning Sage

Sage is said to have medicinal qualities, and can be used to help clear the air to make room for good energies. I bought my smudge stick from a crystal shop and the lady was kind enough to explain its various properties and how to use it. You can use sage fresh or dried, not only as a cooking spice but for meditation purposes as well. You can also find the loose leaf form from your local grocers or natural health stores. This ancient herb has been used extensively as a meditation tool for centuries, especially by the Indigenous Peoples in North America. My first impression of the scent was that it was very clean and sweet. Sage has a distinctly alluring smell with cloying herbal notes and a subtle musk that lingers. Once lit, a more grassy and smoky scent is revealed.

There are many methods of using sage; first, you can brew sage tea with the leaves and hot water. Also, you can light the end of the smudge stick and walk around your room, turning it in a counter-clockwise motion, to clear the air of non-positive energies and revitalize your space. You can also use it to clear crystals, when moving into a new place, and over your pillow. For meditation, I like to light the herbal incense in its loose leaf form on a small glass dish (you only need a very small amount) and place it next to my yoga mat. Watching the smoke swirl into artistic designs in the air is very visually pleasing, and soon the scent wafts forward to envelop your senses.

The first time I burned sage, there was an initial feeling of being lightheaded. This was a distinctly different type of dizziness from that of fainting. After a few moments you will adjust to the scent and it did make the meditation session more relaxed and easier to absorb into. It allows for a very calming and relaxing sensation which helps with letting go of wayward thoughts, and I was able to become more present in the moment. Having experimented with sage leaves over the past couple of months, I have noticed an increased peace of mind and tuned awareness during and after my meditation practice.

Overall, I highly recommend trying this form of herbal incense if you want to experience heightened clarity and mental renewal.




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