How to Burn Sage

While there is a relative lack of evidence supporting this practice, there are also few drawbacks associated with burning sage in your home. Burning sage is relatively cost-effective, as far as mental health practices go, and the benefit of trying something new cannot be denied.

Where to Find Sage for Burning

To get started with burning sage, you will first need to find a source of sage. You can purchase sage for burning online, in a health store, or from a traditional healer or shaman.

You can also grow your own sage and dry it for burning. Trim the sage rather than pulling it out by the root. Do not cut stems from the plant until you are sure that it is able to sustain itself and will not die after you cut it. After cutting the sage, gather it in a bundle, tie it, and hang it in a dry place. It is dry enough when it crackles when squeezed.

Traditional users of sage believe that intentions matter when burning sage and, therefore, usually suggest purchasing sage from a trusted seller. As a beginner, your best bet is to purchase a pre-wrapped bundle or stick of white sage.

Smudging Step-by-Step

To begin, you will need something in which to burn the sage. This could be an incense tray or a bowl to catch the ashes as the sage burns. You could also purchase a sage burner. Fill it with earth or sand. Don't use a flammable container, and keep water on hand.

Open a window or door before you start burning the sage. This allows the smoke to exit your house.

  • Put the sage in the burning container and light it. Let it burn for several seconds and then blow it out so that it keeps smoking. If it stops emitting smoke, try lighting it again.
  • If you are using the sage for spiritual purposes , set an intention for what you are doing. For example, you might say "Let this be the day that changes start to take place."
  • Walk to each room you wish to purify and let the smoke enter it. Do not allow any space to fill with too much smoke. Avoid inhaling the smoke directly.