Saging is also known as smudging and is something that I like to do on a regular basis. The reason I sage is to remove negative energies from the home and myself.
Magically saging is said to remove negativities from objects as well. Some even burn sage before divination sessions. Take a look at my post “Dowsing for Earth Energy” for more information on this subject;
Sage is also said to have magical uses for healing and prosperity.
Growing my own sage
Smudging sticks are readily available to buy but I like to make my own mini saging sticks. I make mine because its easy, inexpensive, and they work a treat.
I’ve been making them for a couple of years now and started off by buying a pot of sage from my local supermarket. I planted the pot in my herbal patch and I receive new growth every year. Throughout the warmer months of the year I prune my sage to make sticks because it has regular growth spurts.
Making Mini Saging Sticks
- I take a pair of secateurs and cut off sage branches between 15cm and 20cm in length. How many branches I use per mini stick depends on the amount of leaves per branch. Their thickness should be an average of 2cm wide once wrapped.
- I measure a length of string for each bundle of branches. Each string needs to be two and half times the length of the bundle.
- A quarter to a third of the way from the top of each bundle I lay one end of the string. I do this because once I start to wrap the shoots the end of the string will be safely secured.
- Holding the leaves tight to the stems I wrap the string tightly around the branches and leaves. There should be a few centimeters of string left over.
- I secure this end by looping the remaining string underneath the last loop on the stick.
- I tie a loop in the end of this remaining string.
- With this loop I hang the sticks upside down because this is a good way to dry the herb. I use a protruding branch from a wood framed mirror to dry mine because it enables me to hang the herbs away from direct sunlight.
- I leave the sticks to dry for a week or too. When the leaves are crisp they are ready for saging.
- I wrap the extra string used for hanging the herbs around the stick. Wrapping it from the bottom towards the top and looping the other end under one of the rings to tie it off.
The Saging Process
The items that I use for saging are;
- A small mortar bowl because it is heatproof, easy to carry around and catches the ash.
- One of the mini saging sticks.
- A feather because it is ideal to waft the smoke around. My feather is a naturally shed one that I found in my garden.
- A handheld safety gas lighter or a match.
Do not leave the saging stick burning in a room alone.
Preparation for Saging
- Firstly I take the battery out of the smoke alarm. This is a very important step because its a bit of a shock when you start saging and the alarm goes off. I remember this happening my first time but I have not forgotten to take the battery out since!
- Then I open all of the room doors, cupboard doors and drawers within the house and then open an upstairs window. I choose my office / spiritual room because this seems an appropriate room for the negative energy to flow out of.
- I light the sage stick and wait until it starts to smoke nicely.
- Then I waft the smoke with the feather up and down myself to remove negative energies from me first.
- Starting by the back door on the ground floor of the house I waft the smoke into every corner, cupboard, drawer, and behind blinds and curtains. If you only have one floor I suggest starting at the opposite end of the property to where you leave a window open.
- Finally I go into the room with the open window where the negative energies flow away. I stub out the saging stick and leave it in here until it totally stops smoking. Importantly I say in the room myself until this happens.
- After a little while I go around the house to close all of the cupboard doors and drawers. I seem to feel when its the right time to do this and close the open window.
- Pop the battery back into the smoke alarm.
Some say a prayer or a little chant while they are saging.
Warning for epileptics with regards to saging
Saging is a form of aromatherapy and therefore its important to note that some essential oils may trigger epilepsy. Sage is one of these along with rosemary, fennel, eucalyptus, hyssop, wormwood, camphor and spike lavender.
On the other hand some essential oils may have a calming and relaxing effect. These oils include jasmine, ylang ylang, camomile, and lavender (not spike lavender).
Alternative herbs which you can use for smudging include cedar, sweetgrass and lavender. Although I have not had a seizure for many years now I am still classed as an epileptic. For this reason I have decided to err on the side of caution and switch my choice of herb the next time I’m smudging.
I am going to use lavender (not spike lavender) in future because I already have some in my garden.
If you are an epileptic too, or know someone who is, take a look at my “Sharing My Epilepsy Experience” to see why I’m switching;
To find out more about essential oils and epilepsy take a look at the following article from The epilepsysociety.org.uk;
Warning for saging while pregnant
It is also advised to avoid burning sage while pregnant as well.
If you haven’t tried saging before give it a go and see how much better your house feels.
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