“The type of sage you want to buy is called ‘California White Sage’ or ‘White Sage Smudge Stick. ‘ Do not use the regular old sage in your kitchen. You want to buy high-quality, ethically cultivated sage. Shamans Market or Taos Herb are both great places to shop.

Not all herbs, and even some varieties of **sage** are best to burn when dried. Garden or **common sage will do** the trick, too. Other **smudging** plants to **use** include cedar, sweetgrass, and sagebrush. Various herbs and wildflowers make as wonderful additions to your **smudge** stick.

Also, what’s the difference between white sage and regular sage? The mature leaves of a **white sage** plant are smooth and **white**, while the leaves of garden **sage** are gray or gray/green. Also **white sage** is slightly larger, growing 4 to 5 feet tall compared to garden **sage’s** 2 feet height max.

Furthermore, what kind of sage is used for smudging?

White **sage** is probably the most common and popular herb for **smudging**.

What is the difference between smudging and saging?

Cleansing, **Smudging, and Saging** Yourself and Your Environment. **Saging** and **smudging** are terms that can be used interchangeably in our society. While **smudging** is done by Shamans, the intermediaries **between** the material world and the spiritual, it is considered the same as ‘**saging**‘ yourself, home, or environment.

### What kind of sage is best for cleansing?

For example, blue sage is used in cleansing and healing rituals, while desert sage is used for purifying and protection. Other herbs, including juniper and sweetgrass, can also be burned for similar purposes.

### Is White Sage toxic?

Thujone, a terpene-like ketone and essential oil, is also found in the plant and may be responsible for some of its medicinal effects (Kinscher 1992). However, it is poisonous in large doses.

### Is Cooking sage the same as smudging sage?

Yes. White sage (Salvia apiana) is used for ceremonial purposes: the dried leaves are burned for ritual cleansing. It is not used for cooking. The main sage species used for cooking, garden sage (Salvia officinalis), and its many varieties are not used the ritual purposes.

### What can I burn instead of sage?

Burning Palo Santo sticks helps to clear negative energy and create a sweet, peaceful state of mind. It is definitely worth trying if you need a substitute for sage smudging or you want to try something new. The sticks are inexpensive and can be bought from many new age bookstores or online retailers.

### Can you use any shell for smudging?

Abalone shells are a very popular material for use as a smudging bowl. But be careful not to handle the shell midway, since heat also transfers to the shell. Abalone shells, being shells, are not bowls, so they sometimes have holes in them.

### How do I get rid of negative energy without sage?

Add a few drops of sage essential oil into a spray bottle filled with water. You can add some small crystals like black onyx, hematite, or obsidian to help repel and absorb excess negative energy, or clear quartz to help channel your intuition in a stronger way.

### Does smudging really work?

Sage smoke offers rapid delivery to the brain and efficient absorption to the body. Scientists have observed that sage can clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria in a space and disinfect the air. When sage is burned, it releases negative ions, which is linked to putting people into a positive mood.

### How often should you smudge?

Now to answer your question: There’s not a set certain amount of times you should smudge. If you feel negative energy, vibes etc.. it may be helpful to do a cleansing of your home. I would recommend a Seasonal cleansing: four times a year when the seasons change.

### What do you say when smudging a house?

Use this example prayer. “You could simply say: ‘Sacred and holy ones, please clear this place of stagnant and negative energy,’” he says. “And after you are finished working, you can thank them and the sage for their help.” According to him, it’s a solid stand-in that’ll do the job just fine.

### What does sage do to spirits?

The Latin word for sage, salvia, means to heal. Burning sage has traditionally been associated with increasing wisdom, clarity, and spiritual awareness. When sage is burned, it releases negative ions, a natural way of putting people into a more positive mood.

### Is Palo Santo better than sage?

Energetic Clearing Let’s get to the real reason why sage and Palo Santo are so widely used: their clearing and cleansing benefits of negative energy. Sage is said to clear ALL energy, the good and the bad. Palo Santo on the other hand, is said to cleanse negative energy and bring in the good.

### Can cooking sage be used for smudging?

There are many types of sage that are used for many different purposes – smudging, medicinal or culinary. Two that are commonly used in sage smudging are Salvia Officianalis (Common Sage) and Salvia Apiana (White Sage).

### How much sage is too much?

What’s more, it’s nearly impossible to consume toxic amounts of thujone through foods. However, drinking too much sage tea or ingesting sage essential oils — which should be avoided in any case — may have toxic effects. To be on the safe side, limit sage tea consumption to 3–6 cups a day ( 47 ).