Sage contains compounds that could help ease insomnia.
In recent years, taking herbal supplements and using essential oils have become mainstream. Another natural wellness technique, burning sage is a practice used for centuries in Egypt, Rome and Greek medicine, as well as within Native American healing traditions.
Verywellmind.com in May highlighted five benefits of sage-leaf burning (also known as a spiritual ritual called smudging):
1. Removes bacteria from the air
2. Repels insects
3. Improves intuition
4. Improves mood
5. Reduces stress and anxiety
The report indicated that, because poor air quality is often linked to poor health, sage is viewed as an affordable way to purify air. Yet, creating smoke can cause problems in individuals with asthma, COPD and other breathing-related conditions.
Healthline.com in July listed burning sage as a way to improve sleep. Sage contains compounds that could help ease insomnia. Also, the site pointed out that the best benefit is simply the uplifting fragrance: The aroma “works great as a chemical-free air freshener or odor controller.”
However, while anecdotal evidence abounds, “very little research has been done on burning sage in general, and there isn’t much evidence to confirm what it might do for your health,” says WebMD.com.
Sage for burning typically is sold in a pre-wrapped bundle or stick. Consumers can purchase sage online or from a health food store, or even grow it. Terms for burning sage are common sage, garden sage, true sage, Spanish sage and Chinese sage, shares verywellmind.com. Healthline.com informs that the scientific term for white sage is Salvia apiana.
Steps for burning sage include:
– Find something in which to burn the sage, such as a fireproof incense tray, special sage burner, cast-iron pan, etc. Make sure to have water close to where the sage will be burning, just in case.
– Open a window or door to allow some smoke to exit the room or dwelling.
– Light sage.
– Allow sage to burn for several seconds and then blow it out so that it keeps smoking. Light again when smoke dissipates.
– Do not allow any space to fill with too much smoke, and avoid inhaling smoke directly.