Witch VIBES: why and how to use SAGE for energetic cleansing

Hello gorgeous!

It’s been a while since I wrote a witch vibe post, right? I feel like you could be starting to think I’m normal or something. So I have to write a little reminder about the weird things that I do and believe in just to be sure :) 

One of the things that I’ve been doing for a few years, on and off is using sage, or burning sage to clean myself and my apartment.

Clean, is an interesting word because in this instance it’s clean like energetic cleaning. Not Windex cleaning, or putting the dishes away cleaning. Or doing the dishes, by putting them in hot soap water like Justin and I do then letting them sit for like 6 hours and calling it clean.

Sage is a leaf, and you can have sage in your tea, or consume it for a bunch of other benefits like anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial in the body.

I’m specifically talking about burning the leaf (in a bundle that looks like a wand) as a method of protection and healing for you and the loved ones around you. Basically if I had cats I would sage them.

Sage has been used for years and years through various cultures. Moving Towards Peace says,

Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or space. While Native American sage burning is the most commonly recognized form of it today, it has nevertheless been a shared practice in other cultures too.

Why burn sage:

It’s been believed (through millions and billions of years and so many different cultures) that it’s going to cleanse the negative energy on you, or around you, and that you’ll feel lighter and ‘cleansed’ after. If you’re in a cloud of negativity, or feeling low, it’s a good time to do it.
I do it after I have an argument with J (we’re in love as F, but also normal) and clean the apartment and myself after. I wave the sage wand around me, focusing on the chakras. Sometimes if Justin’s home he’ll let me sage him too, LOL. What a darling psychopath I am.

The Chopra Center (which is a center founded by Deepak Chopra that provides services/experiences to improve health) says,

If you’re feeling stuck, negative, sluggish, or even downright depressed, it may be due to some stagnant energy in your field. Your field can include your emotional, energetic, mental, spiritual or physical body, and your environment—whether it’s your home, office, or other physical space. Stagnant or negative energy can have extremely detrimental effects on your mental and physical state and is even believed to manifest into things like a lack of happiness and success as well as pain and disease.

I’ll also do sage after a bad day, or if I feel a bit off. It helps to eliminate the bad, and make room for good things and energies to come in.

Oh, and if you move apartments, or rooms, buy a house or whatever, this is such a good thing to do at a new spot to remove all the ‘old’ energy and clear it.

How to burn sage:

Sage burning cleansing rituals can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be, but it’s of the highest importance that your intention be clear before you begin. If you are burning sage to purify a space, or a person (even yourself) then this needs to be clearly planted in your mind before you the light the sage, and while taking the smoke around a home, or through a space.

I usually sage clean after I meditate, at the end of the day, and light the sage with the stove flame. Once it’s lit, I’ll take it around my apartment, focusing on corners and heavy traffic spots, such as doorways and my desk. Places where there are high energy exchanges happening.

Last, I’ll sage myself, working from the bottom up, and swipe over my body, concentrating in circles on spots that may need extra healing or clearing. Like my heart, or my crown chakra.

To clear the space of the smell, I will then once I’m done, open the doors and windows to let energy out that’s necessary to be let out and air the space of the lingering pungent smell.

Keeping in mind this smell is pretty intense. Some people LOVE it. I like it, but feel suffocated at times with the overpower of it.

Where to get sage:

You can buy sage at most farmers markets, but also easily on Amazon for under $10 dollars. I've linked up good affordable sage, below.

California White Sage for Smudging

3 Pack of Small Sage Wands

Super cute bowls for your sage:

Plus, my favorite Tarot Cards EVER from The Wild Unknown and Tarot Guidebook.

(I LOVE these cards. I use them like once a week to just see what's happening and get clarity if I need. Plus they are GORGEOUS and given to me as a gift by a friend I love).

Have you guys ever used sage? Is there any special way that you use it? Do you feel any different? 

I think it's a bit out there but I'm down with things that can't hurt, even if you just try it, ya know? 

Sage your dog, sage your cat, sage your boyfriend. I swear they'll thank you after.