**smudging**” — has been traditionally used to help clear negative energy.

## What should you not do when burning sage?

**Never leave burning sage unattended**. Make sure to put your sage bundle out completely after every use.

## How do you smudge sage respectfully?

## How do you do the burning sage ritual?

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**.

## How do you burn sage for the first time?

“Once you’re ready to light your sage, grab the sage as far from the end you are burning as possible. **Hold the sage at a 45-degree angle, light the sage, let it burn for about 20 seconds and then gently blow out the flame so that you see orange embers on one end**.

## How long does sage have to dry before burning?

You want your sage to be dry enough that your bundles will not mold, but still flexible enough to bend and shape. **Two to three days** of drying is about right to get to this stage. Once your sage, herbs, and flowers are dry enough, divide them into groups for each stick that you plan to make.

## Do you need to burn the whole sage?

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 do you prepare sage for smudging?

- Step 1 Gather your sage into a bundle and add in any other herbs you might be using.
- Step 2 Using cotton string, tie the bundle at the base with a secure knot.
- Step 3 Wrap the string toward the top of the bundle in a crisscross shape, before wrapping the string back down to the base.
- Step 4 Cut off any excess string.

## Do you have to dry sage before you burn it?

**Dry your sage.**

This should take about a week, depending on the weather. Gather the sage in a bundle, tie it tightly, and hang it up in a dry space so that it will dry evenly. If you hang your sage outside, remember to bring it inside or cover it at night.

## Can you burn sage without smudging?

“Smudging is very specific to prayer, so **you can burn sage without smudging** and you can smudge without needing to light sage on fire.” Within some Native cultures, varieties of sage have different uses.

## Can you smudge at night?

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

## How long does sage last?

Fresh sage leaves should keep for **up to 5 days in the refrigerator**. For dried sage, use an airtight container and store it in a cool, shady place away from direct sunlight. Dried sage can retain its flavor and aroma for at least 6 months and potentially as long as a year if it is stored appropriately.

## Should sage be refrigerated?

**Refrigerate Fresh Sage**

Fresh sage leaves should be aromatic and have no soft spots or dry edges. 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.

## How quickly does sage work?

How long does sage take to work for hot flushes? Everyone is different so the benefits of sage helping with menopause symptoms such as hot flushes varies. Several studies have reported an improvement in the intensity of hot flushes within **4 weeks**^{4}^{,}^{9} although the positive effect seemed to be better after 8 weeks^{4}.

## What does sage cure?

Sage is used for **digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn**. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva; and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease.

## Does sage work for anxiety?

Both doses of sage led to improved ratings of mood in the absence of the stressor (that is, in pre-DISS mood scores) postdose, with the **lower dose reducing anxiety** and the higher dose increasing ‘alertness’, ‘calmness’ and ‘contentedness’ on the Bond-Lader mood scales.

## What religion burns sage?

**Celtic druids** used sage as a sacred herb for burning as well as medicinal purposes. In Christian belief, burning sage to purge a person of ill was regarded as a sin.

## 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.