Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual. Blue Sage is a purifying herb with broad medicinal and spiritual applications. A close relative of White Sage, Blue Sage is also good for healing and cleansing rituals. Its soothing, relaxing smell can be used to aid meditation, or burned simply for enjoyment. It’s not as pungent as White Sage, and is more agreeable to some who find the strong, bracing scent of White Sage overpowering. The use of sage to cleanse a home is deeply rooted in Native American history. They used sage for many purposes, including healing, energy cleansing, to remove negative energy and ritual ceremonies. Today, it is used in cleansing ceremonies for those who are seeking balance, protection and pure thoughts.
“It is seen to metaphysically un-cling the things that cling to us that are no longer needed — spiritually, mentally, and physically. … Almost the way a sponge can cleanse things from you that are stuck to you.”- Anthony Fleg, MD, an assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of New Mexico.