White Sage torch—fragrance and properties
White Sage has been used by Native Americans for thousands of years to clear the negative energy. The product comes from the natural habitats of Salvia Apiana located in the coastal mountains of California. Harvested by hand in a way that does not damage the natural environment of the plant. The scent of Sage is strong, intense, herbal and woody. It is also described as warm and spicy, for some even slightly unpleasant, which symbolizes cleansing and new beginnings. One of the proven properties of this plant is a strong bactericidal effect, which we can use to cleanse our space and ourselves.
Sage relieves anxiety, symptoms of depression and hyperactivity. Smoke from burning Sage calms the mind, relaxes the body and positively affects the mood. Research done on the properties of Sage smudging suggests, that the plant stimulates the mental functions, relieves depression, and even stimulates brain memory functions. Due to its unique, intense aroma and properties, it is a great tool for deepening the practice of meditation or yoga. Burning Sage helps to balance vibrations received from the environment and neutralize negative energy.
Cleansing with white sage
Smudging is a mindfulness practice that increases awareness and spirituality. It enhances concentration, harmony and balances the energy that surrounds us. The cleansing ritual can also be performed when we want to free ourselves from unfavorable situations or emotions that currently accompany us. Carrying out such a ritual can become a sign for us that a given stage (for example worrying or uncertainty) is behind us and it is time to move on. Smudging, or cleasnsing, our space with dried plants affects not only the space itself, but also directly us, cleansing our aura.
In many indigenous cultures, plants are more than just living organisms and are considered to have a soul. Thus, burning the dried bundles of plants was a way to connect with the spiritual sphere and establish contact with the spirit of nature, which is then asked to lend its protective energy, in accordance with the intention of the practitioner.
Find out more about smudging here.