Before you use Sage or Palo Santo to cleanse, understanding the true purpose and sacred history of each ritual is one of the most important parts of using them. Indigenous tribes have used these tools as part of their spiritual ceremonies to cleanse and purify for many centuries. We must be mindful of their true purpose, so not to disrespect these practices. Both Sage and Palo Santo are believed to cleanse energy and promote a more positive and calm environment.
Where your items are sourced is also very important. Some sources of Palo Santo and White Sage are leading to overharvesting. We ensure that all of our Palo Santo and White Sage is ethically sourced.
You can find our Sage & Palo Santo cleansing bundles here.
Palo Santo comes from the Bursera Graveolens tree which are found in the seasonally dry tropical forests of South America and belongs to the same family that produces Frankincense and Myrrh. Palo Santo means “holy wood” and is best known for its ability to add positivity to your space (where as Sage removes negative energy). A good way to think of it is, Sage removes the bad energy and Palo Santo puts good energy in.
Sage bundles are made from the leaves of the Sage plant. It has a strong, plant-like smell when it is burned. Between the two, Sage is deemed to be the more powerful as it can be used to clear out ALL energy in a space, leaving room for positive and new vibes instead. For example, if you feel that you have a stubborn and heavy energy to clear (e.g. a break-up, divorce, a new home / space, a fight with your significant other etc)… ALWAYS use Sage to clear out the toxic energy. Sage is a heavy duty cleansing tool!
The only downside of burning Sage is that it will also clear any positive energy that you want to keep. Therefore after you have finished, you will need to invite it back in. You can do this by playing upbeat, positive music, doing your happy dance, singing, meditating with positive intentions, essential oils and using your crystals.
Before burning either, ask people to leave the room and remove any pets (having 2 cats and a dog, I know this might make them grumpy, but it is for the best!). You should also open a window to allow all negative energy to pass from the space, this step is very important otherwise negative energy will become trapped.
Before you begin, take a moment to set your intentions for this ceremony, do not leave this part out. For example, if you have recently moved into a new home, your intentions may be to remove all the energy from the home, to reset it for yourself. Your intention would be something along the lines of – to clear out any energy that can no longer be there and then welcome in positive vibes such as abundance, happiness and comfort.
Burning Sage – Untie your bundle and remove any decorative twine, leaving the thin white string that holds the sage together. In respect for the traditional practice of burning Sage, please use a match to light the end, rather than a lighter. Let the Sage burn for about 20 seconds and then blow it out by waving it in the air. While the bundle is smoking, walk around the space from corner to corner letting the smoke hit all walls and corners of the space, over any crystals etc. Once your space is cleared and the smoke has passed out the open window, you are left with a refreshed and new safe space. When you are done, place the Sage on a dish or plate and allow it to extinguish itself, do not use water.
Burning Palo Santo – Untie your bunde and light your Palo Santo stick for 30 seconds before blowing out. Let the smoke circulate for 1-2 minutes to clear your space of negative energy. Before you start, set a positive intention as this process is greatly intentional, beyond the physical smoke. When you have finished, place the stick of Palo Santo on a dish or plate and allow it to extinguish itself, do not use water
Important to remember…
Never burn Sage or Palo Santo whilst under the influence. Always be mindful when using Sage and/or Palo Santo, as your intentions are a huge part of both practices.