White sage has been used for centuries as a tradition for clearing and purifying negative energies. Sage emits negative ions, so by smudging objects/spaces we can neutralize the energy to cleanse and renew.
We are energetic beings and should be cleansing often to release stuck energy or energy obtained from others in our space that does not serve us. Sage is also antimicrobial and a great way to reduce airborne bugs around the home.
How to smudge
Open as many doors and windows throughout the space where possible. This allows the smoke to clear taking the negative energy with it. There are the traditional ways to smudge which requires an abalone shell and feather, but a fire proof bowl/dish and your hand to is also fine.
Take the end of the stick and light it. Allow it to burn for approximately 20 secs before extinguishing the flame with a wave of your hand. Taking the bowl/dish through each room, especially the corners and cupboards set your intention of releasing what no longer serves you and fill the space with light and love. Sometimes a mantra helps to do this or simply using your positive intentions. Allow the smoke to enter these areas by waving your hand in a clock wise direction.
When finished, be sure to extinguish appropriately.
Each stick is approximately 18cms in length