Fumigation is often considered a kind of magical practice, but recent studies have shown that there is scientific evidence that medicinal smoke is a potent antiseptic that can purify air to 94% of harmful bacteria up to 24 hours. .
The electromagnetic field (the aura) around our body, as well as the energy in our environment, can be clogged with harmful positive ions that can put us in a state of fatigue, lethargy and overwork.
Burning sage or other herbs helps to neutralize the positive charge and releases large amounts of negative ions into the atmosphere. It means that our own energy, and the energy around us, will be lighter and freer.
This is also the reason why we feel like we can “cut off the tension with a knife” during an argument, or if someone is in a bad mood. Positive ion buildup due to stress, anger or any form of tension releases positive ions and stagnates energy around us. Burning herbs turns positive ions into negative ions, and as a result, this practice purifies and cleans the atmosphere.
Even though fumigation and similar practices have been classified as “new age” or fanciful by those who attempt to discredit them, research scientifically proves that rituals that American Indians (as well as many other indigenous groups ) have intrinsically known and practiced with faith over time have multiple benefits.
Fumigation of herbs is a popular purification method in many religions and cultures. Having grown up with religion, I became accustomed to fumigation because incense was burned in churches. The incense is generally burned in Asia and in the Buddhist temples and the Incas burn sacred wood palo santo. It has been a tradition in South America for hundreds of years.
American Indians perform fumigation rituals using sacred herbs. The most commonly used herbs include cedar, sage, sweetgrass and tobacco.
Once the sacred plant is burned, the cloud of smoke that emerges is used to prepare prayer ceremonies, rituals and purification. Fumigation is supposed to increase the sensitivity of healers, or medicine men, to improve their state of mind and to be able to assess and treat diseases.
Not only is fumigation used in spiritual practices, but it can also have medicinal value for those affected by poor air quality. This means it can help those with asthma, headaches, lung problems and breathing problems, as well as coughs and colds. Sage is one of the most popular herbs for fumigation.
Studies have also shown that the burning of sage increases clarity and awareness, increases wisdom, improves mood and memory, and amplifies the senses.
How to do a fumigation ritual with sage:
The burning of sage is known to dissipate negative energy, or to cleanse, purify and protect the body, soul and spirit, and the environment.
The white sage sticks are the easiest to use and easy to find.
The smoke of the sage attaches to the negative energy in the air, and when the smoke dissipates and comes out, it takes energy with it, and turns the positive ions into negative ions, so we immediately feel the difference in the atmosphere.
Before burning sage, we can keep in mind the intent of what we want to achieve. If there is a particular energy that we want to eliminate from the atmosphere, we can focus on our consciousness, to strengthen cleansing and protection.
When we light the sage, there may be a flame. If this happens, you can blow gently on the flame or blow on your hand near the flame, until the sage makes smoke. Smoke is what erases and eliminates negativity, not flame. It is common to have to relight the sage a few times during the ritual.
Once we have lit the sage, we can start by smearing ourselves with slowly stirring the sage around our body, starting from the ground and ending with the head. Once finished, you can place the side of the sage burning down into a fireproof bowl. We can let our intuition guide us to where the sage needs to move.
When we walk in each room, we can see that we have to stay in some areas more than others. This is where the energy is dense. This practice should not be rushed so that the sage can burn as long as necessary. The sage must burn for about an hour to be fully effective.
When moving with sage, we can pay particular attention to windows, doors and other openings. We must be careful not to breathe directly into the sage as we move forward.
I recommend burning sage at the beginning of each new week to erase the old one and make room for the new one. We can also burn during a change of season or at the beginning of the winter or summer solstice. Leave at least one window or door open to let the smoke out.
Sage has masculine energy, and incense has feminine energy, so once we have burned the sage, we can light a stick of incense to balance the two energies.