Sage (Salvia) has been used as a spice and also as a way to improve health in traditional medicine . It has a long history of use in Egypt, Rome, and Greek medicine, as well as within Native American healing traditions. As far as burning sage is concerned, dried sage is burned as a possible way to heal, protect, increase wisdom, and boost defense against disease.
Burning sage, also known as smudging, involves literally burning the sage leaves and letting the smoke purify the air in your home.
Some of the purported benefits of burning sage include the following.
- removing bacteria from the air
- repelling insects
- improving intuition
- purifying specific objects
- improving mood and reducing stress and anxiety