Throughout the world and history, sage is considered an excellent ally of good health, in China, India, the Arab world, Europe, as well as in the United States…. Historically used to purify the air in the rooms of the sick, sage smoke cleans spaces, on a physical level, through its antiseptic properties, but also on an emotional, energetic and spiritual level, according to the indigenous origin of this tradition.
Thanks to its benefits and its antibacterial and astringent properties, sage is used in the composition of preparations to treat fevers, sore throats, colds, digestive problems and to treat the nervous system, the liver or the kidneys.
There are about 900 kinds of sage around the world. White sage is one of the most interesting sages in terms of chemical composition. It is also one of the most powerful.
White sage contains essential oils rich in terpenes (fragrant molecules that give plants their wide array of mood-elevating scents), with antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Note the presence of ursolic acid, known for its antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Jaceosidin is also found in its chemical composition. The latter is an anti-inflammatory, an antibacterial and an anti-allergen.
The fumigation of incense or white sage is an act of purification found across all civilizations and all religious denominations. Smoke is beneficial for discharging places of negative energies, purifying people or events, chasing away "bad spirits" and attracting beneficial energies. Over time, research has been able to explain some of the effects of smoking. The sense of smell is the only sense that never sleeps and is connected with the emotions. It is proven that an accumulation of positive ions in the air is harmful to health. In the smoke there is production of negative ions, which have a beneficial effect on our mood, and reduce certain conditions that develop in an environment where the air quality is poor (asthma, allergies, nausea, headaches, etc.). .).
HOW TO BURN CALIFORNIA NATIVE INDIAN WHITE SAGE
Step 1 : Use a receptacle for the ashes: a small earthenware dish or ideally an abalone shell. Its shape promotes good heat resistance and natural ventilation. She was traditionally associated with a strong symbolism of the goddess of the Pacific Ocean. (Do not use metal which conducts heat).
Step 2 : Light your sage bundle, preferably with a match. Let your leaves burn for a few seconds and blow out the flame.
Step 3 : Close all the windows, open all the cupboards (clothes and food, even the children's room). Walk through each of the rooms and guide the smoke to every corner in your path. The smoke traps all negative energies. Once you have walked around the house, you can ventilate each room. The smoke will be drawn outward and take all negative energies with it. Leave to air for 5min to 10min.
Step 4 : Smother the sage bundle by crushing it in its ashes or passing the end directly under running water.
Certain sacred objects are used for this ceremony. The feather (in Native Americans) is used to disperse the smoke to the desired location and promotes the effect of sage. Holding a quartz in one hand during the ceremony promotes grounding and spiritual elevation.