What Is Smudging? Smudging is **a way to energetically cleanse a space to invite positive energy**. When smudging a space, you burn plant material (but there are alternatives if you can’t tolerate the smoke). The smoke fills and purifies the environment.

## How do you smudge your home?

**How to sage your house to clear negative energy**

- Gather your tools and have an exit strategy.
- Set your intention and say a mantra.
- Light up.
- Slowly walk around your space.
- Be safe.
- Extinguish your sage.

## What happens when you smudge your house with sage?

Scientists have observed that sage can **clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria in a space and disinfect the air**. When sage is burned, it releases negative ions, which is linked to putting people into a positive mood. The Latin word for sage salvia stems form the word heal.

## What does saging a house do?

Burning dried white sage, or saging, originated with Native Americans, who used it as many do today: **To cleanse of purify a space**, according to an article by Rosalyn La Pier, a professor at the University of Montana.

**What does it mean to smudge your house? – Related Questions**

## What are the rules of smudging?

**Smudging is always voluntary.**

**People should never be forced or pressured to smudge**. It is completely acceptable for a person to indicate that they do not want to smudge. That person may choose to stay in the room and refrain from smudging or leave the room during the smudge.

## What to do before burning sage?

Before burning sage, some recommend **setting intentions if cleansing for spiritual, energetic, and negativity clearing purposes**. Remove animals or people from the room. It’s also important to leave a window open before, during, and after cleansing. This allows smoke to escape.

## How long do you let sage burn for?

Store your sage safely

Some people like to wait 20-30 minutes to allow the sage smoke to reach maximum potency. Then, open any windows and your front door to let all of that stuck energy out.

## How long do I burn sage to cleanse my house?

First you start with a simple intention of focusing on clearing the negative energy out of your space and mind. Once you have your intention in mind, light the Sage or Palo Santo and hold at a 45 degree angle pointing the tip down towards the flame. Allow it to burn for **30 seconds** and then blow it out.

## Does sage work if you don’t burn it?

A common misconception with sage smudging is that you need to burn the whole stick, but D’Avilla suggests burning as much or as little as you need. “**You don’t need to use an entire smudge stick**,” she says.

## How can we reduce negative energy in our home?

## Can you smudge at night?

**Smudging can be done at any time of day or night**, whenever it is needed.

## How long is dried sage good for?

Stored properly, dried sage will keep for **up to one year**.

## How can you tell if sage is still good?

**How to tell if sage is bad**

- Leaves that have turned soft or soggy.
- Leaves that have lost their vibrant color, appearing dull or turning brown.
- Bad smell from the leaves.

## Can you reuse burnt sage?

3) Reuse your sage

**Burn your sage until it goes out on its own**. You’ll find that even after it has stopped burning, there is still usable sage leftover that you can burn the next time you need it.

## Where do you store sage?

To store, simply wrap the sage leaves in paper towels and put them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Make sure to use the leaves within four to five days. Fresh leaves that are covered in olive oil can be stored for much longer in the refrigerator, about three weeks.

## How long does sage live?

In these areas, grow Salvia officinalis as an annual. Otherwise, this sage plant is hardy in Zones 4 to 8, although its lifespan as a perennial usually winds down **between three and five years**.

## How do you keep sage alive indoors?

As part of your care of potted sage herbs, you will need to **keep the plants in a warm area, away from drafts, in temperatures around 70 degrees F.** **(21 C.)**. Provide humidity when growing sage indoors, with a nearby pebble tray or humidifier. Including other herbs in containers nearby will also help.

## What can I do with leftover sage?

**12 Creative Ways to Preserve Sage**

- Make sage honey.
- Add sage to compound butter.
- Dry it yourself.
- Infuse salt with sage flavor.
- Add sage to vinegar.
- Make sage maple syrup for more than just pancakes.
- Freeze chopped sage for future use.
- Turn sage into bitters for better cocktails.