Sage has been used throughout history and the world and regarded for its many magical and medicinal properties. The most notable of its uses dates back a few thousand years to Indigenous Americans who used sage smoke to clear and cleanse places and people of negative energies. While smoke, incense, and burned herbs have been used by cultures around the world, “smudging” is specific to Native American cultures and the term should only be used by those who practice Indigenous American Shamanism, magic, and rituals. For the rest of us, “herb cleansing/clearing”, “smoke cleansing/clearing”, and similar phrases are free to use without appropriating other sacred cultures.
Magical properties: most ancient cultures who used sage believed it to be the strongest herb for clearing negative, heavy, and evil energies of all sorts.
Medicinal uses: sage has been used for thousands of years to treat minor pain, aches, and muscle spasms.
Sage spell: when moving into a new home, office space, etc, use a lit bundle of dried sage throughout the area to clear leftover energies from the last people who used the space. This can be done alone, but most magical practitioners suggest burning positive herbs (such as sweetgrass) after burning sage.
Medicinal use: for a sore throat, make a hot cup of sage tea with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, a pinch of sea salt, and natural honey. Gargling the hot tea several times throughout the day is recommended.
WARNING: Please do not use herbs or magic in place of proper medical care.