Since the dawn of time plants have been our sacred connection to our mother earth. Plants feed, cure, and shelter us; and legends about of the power of the chosen plants to heal and protect the wise. Archeological evidence has established the Ritual use of plants dating back 60,000 years. Throughout the world people have gathered herbs, spices, resins and roots to offer to the spirit world. Native traditions relate that whatever sage and cedar are used, no evil influences may enter.
To "smudge" is to purify with smoke from certain sacred herbs. The sacred ritual of purifying with smoke comes from native peoples in both North and South America. As well as Native Americans who who believed the land and everything connected to it should be appreciated. They often had purifying ceromies to heal and keep away bad energy and bring cleansing and light.
There are diffrent types of sage. Most common is White sage which is usually gathered and dried in a bunch as a smudge stick. There are also loose leaves that can be used alone or mixed with other beneficial herbs and flowers to create mixtures. The smoke from igniting sage may be used to purify the body, home, office, alters, sacred spaces, and even meditation rooms. Sage essential oil has many benefits ranging from healing the skin, as a remedy for cold/fevers, disinfectant and a deodorizer. This plant is truely a miracle worker of light, purity and a tool of empowerment.