The Wisdom of Sage Smudging

Sage smudging

What to do when we are in the fortunate situation of having been collected more sage than we can fit into the still? Well, of course, the option of making another distillation is still there, but let’s say we are happy for the moment and ready to create something different.

Greek sage (Salvia fruticosa) for tea
Greek sage (Salvia fruticosa) for tea

After putting aside a few handful for tea, I pulled out some twine from my drawers and started to batch the flowering stems and leaves of these beautiful Greek sage (Salvia fruticosa) plants into matching sizes. After sorting them out and making some separate piles, I was tiding them up nicely for smudging.

Greek sage in matching batches
Greek sage in matching batches

A bit of extra beauty and use, each of them has an Essential Reflections ceramic medal made by my multitalented friend and ceramic artist Naomipeli.

About smudging

In case you are not familiar with it, sage has a long tradition in being used for sacred ceremonies, cleansing the space and the aura. The heritage of our great-grandmothers’ wisdom is not only alive, but in a heartwarmingly revival phase, when more of us passes along this deep knowledge yet simple practice of driving out negative energies, cleaning and purifying air by burning (in other terms smudging) sage.

You can just quietly do this cleansing act, or choose to extend it with you intentions and an invocation. As Carole Guyett suggests in one of my favourite books: “After all, a living spirituality needs to grow and change and ceremony is ultimately a vehicle for mystery. Invoke whatever feels appropriate to time and place and people involved. Speak from the heart and make your invocations with a sense of presence and connection.”

Will you try?


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Ildiko Berecz is an intuitive mentor, coach and holistic therapist who is passionate about sharing her inspiring personal stories from behind the mountains of Crete island, while being on the road, searching and experiencing, capturing, collecting, distilling, making herbal preparations, blending botanical perfume and more. She offers her insights of authentic approach and humble practices for better understanding and appreciation of nature, herbal remedies and awareness of trustworthy natural applications in our self-development and everyday life practices. 

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