Like people, each plant has a purpose. Some provide nourishment, while others offer shelter or have healing properties. In addition to its use as a culinary herb, Sage is known for protecting one’s environment & healing the energetic field (aura) of the person who uses it. Some even call it the “Spirit Caller”. For early Egyptians it promoted fertility & for the Celts, it represented immortality. At 47, I have no desire for either of those! Instead, I focus on this aromatic plant’s ability to banish evil & unwanted influences, create sacred space, heal, & inspire wisdom.
I use smudge sticks of Sage (sometimes combined with juniper or cedar) for a variety of reasons, most often, to bless my home. I light the stick & use an owl feather to direct the scented smoke to the corners of each room. As I walk in awareness, I say a special blessing for this space to be full of light, laughter, love, & warmth. I also pray that my family & friends feel welcomed, nurtured, & loved when they enter my home. Other times, I use sage to prepare for meditation or to dispel the negativity that can follow me home at the end of the day. I imagine the day’s stress floating on the smoke & eventually disappearing.
As the chance of frost threatens my herb garden, I decided to harvest the varieties of sage to make smudge sticks for my friends. Before I cut the silver green leaves from their woody stems, I said a prayer of gratitude. Once my basket was full, I brought the sage inside & selected 7 different colors of embroidery floss, representing the chakras, to wrap my sage into bundles. I grasped a handful of sage, cut the stems evenly across the bottom, & secured them with the floss. I set the intention that each smudge stick will bring healing & wisdom to the person who uses it. There is exactly enough sage for the 7 major chakras. Perfect! I hope they enjoy the smudge sticks as much as I enjoyed making them.