Ah, the power of writing.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but I believe one is able to express themselves the most through written content.
You may or may not have seen my IG story where my sister and I spent our Sunday afternoon saging our home. It was an experience that brought a healing and peaceful sensation.
It was brought to my attention through a stereotypical & ignorant comment that many may not know the purpose of sage and where it originated from.
Before critiquing anything that you think may not be related to your religious belief, take note that being spiritual and being religious are two different things; however, many religions (even my own) practice the burning of herbs at church.
“The ritual burning of herbs and herbal resins is common to many cultures in the world. From the rich frankincense of the Church and the Middle Eastern bazaar, to the heady incenses of Asia, to the raw energy of brush burning in many native cultures—the purification of space through this modality is a global phenomenon and one you can benefit from highly. “ - C.E. Lowman
In other words, sage has been used in many different cultures for centuries and is totally safe. Not to be confused with witchcraft or voodoo. And I mention this because you can already guess what the stereotypical comment was about. Voodoo practices originate from Africa whereas using sage originates from Native Americans.
Sage is an herb from the mint family where its name comes from the Latin word "salvere," meaning "to be saved.” Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual. Containing antimicrobial properties, it is said to keep infectious bacteria and viruses away. Beliefs that burning sage clears out spiritual impurities may be tied to its ability to repel pathogens and insects that cause disease.
Burning sage is used to achieve a healing state, dispel negative energy and help establish a positive environment leading to self-improvement.
It can even be a mood booster! Smudging can literally lift one’s spirit to clear negativity. A study done in 2014 documented white sage as a traditional remedy treating anxiety, depression and mood disorders.
Ridding the body, objects, and spaces of bad energy can help welcome in newer, fresher, and more positive energy. So together, let’s clear all the toxic sh*ttyness of the world.
My sage is from Sunday Forever, a place with a vision to encompass treasured self-care rituals, good vibes and effortless elegance.