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Incausa White Sage Bundle

WILD WHITE SAGE - Salvia apiana, or white sacred sage is an evergreen shrub native to the Southwest, widely used by Native Americans in various ceremonies.  Some believe that burning sage has many benefits as a spiritual practice. Some research even supports certain health benefits of sage, such as antimicrobial properties and enhanced alertness, but more research is needed.  

Keep in mind that burning sage is a sacred religious practice in some Native American cultures. Treat the ritual with respect. 

  1. Sage may be purifying - The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay. White prairie sage (Artemisia ludoviciana) is both antimicrobial and antibacterial. White sage (Salvia apiana) is also antimicrobial. And both have been shown to repel insects. Beliefs that burning sage clears out spiritual impurities, pathogens, and even insects have been fundamental to the practice of smudging.

  2. It may help relieve the symptoms of some conditions -It turns out that sage may help clear the air of lots more than bugs and bacteria.  Though scientifically unproven, burning sage is thought to release negative ions. This is said to help neutralize positive ions. Common positive ions are allergens like pet dander, pollution, dust, mold, etc. If this is the case, burning sage may be a blessing for those with asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. But inhaling the smoke during the smudging can aggravate any respiratory condition. Wait until the smoke clears before going into the room.

  3. It may help dispel negative energy - Smudging may also be used as a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others. This may help you establish a positive environment for meditation or another ritual. Choosing to sit and let go of negative thoughts in a ritual like this sets your intention and dedication to self-improvement. Choosing to engage in ritual can be the beginning of your change in mindset.

  4. It may help improve your mood & reduce stress - Tradition suggests that smudging can literally lift one’s spirits to banish negativity. Some research supports this. A 2014 study documented white prairie sage (also known as estafiate) as an important traditional remedy for treating anxiety, depression, and mood disorders in certain cultures.  If burning sage can lift one’s mood, it could also be a great ally against stress. A 2016 white sage (Salvia apiana) is rich in compounds that activate certain receptors in the brain. These receptors are responsible for elevating mood levels, reducing stress, and even alleviating pain.
  5. It may improve the quality of your sleep - Smudging has been traditionally used to safeguard against negativity that could interfere with sleep. Some research suggests that sage contains compounds that could help ease insomnia. Classic garden sage (Salvia officinalis) is sometimes burned like white sage. It’s also been used to improve sleep and soothe anxiety.

  6. It can create an uplifting fragrance - For some, this may be the best of all benefits: Sage is a lovely incense with a divine aroma, pure and simple. It also works great as a chemical-free air freshener or odor controller.

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