Incense is still used today in the Roman Catholic Church and other religions for purification. Native elders teach that the smoke of dried sage clears negative energy and restores harmony.
What culture uses sage the most?
Sage is used broadly for many purposes by both First Nations and Native Americans – and is described here in only the most general of terms.
Is it cultural appropriation to burn sage?
If you’re not a member of an Indigenous community, purchasing white sage, Palo Santo, or other sacred herbs and quickly Googling “how to smudge” will not make you qualified to do so. This is cultural appropriation, and it’s harmful to Native communities.