What do Ions and Sage have in common? Well, when smudging Sage, the smoke releases negative ions, just like the ocean, the forest or any other natural place.
Negative ions are what makes us feel good, despite the word negative. Negative ions are created when a molecule gains a negatively charged electron.
Due to this nature, they are statically attracted to airborne particles like dust, mold and other pollutants and potential allergens. When they attach, the bring these pollutants down to the ground, clearing the air. A Positive ion is a usually carbon dioxide molecule that has been stripped of an electron. Which means they have a negative effect on your body when you are exposed to them in excess. Unfortunately, we surrounded by them in large cities and our homes. It's been shown that office air-conditioning systems, fluorescent lights and electrical and computer equipment are all potent positive ion generators, with printers and photocopiers being especially bad.
So, Sage, being able to release negative ions into the air help combat the positive ones floating around us. But sage offers so much more than that, it has been practiced for a very long time in Native American traditions. It was used for both medicinal and spiritual purposes.
During ceremonies or times of needing awakening they would burn the sage allowing the smoke to build and bring on its healing properties. Because of the release of negative ions, it brings on a soothing, calming effect and can help combat depression and hard times.
I like to burn Sage in my home on a regular. When burning sage, It is recommended to go counter clockwise in your space. Begin by saging yourself with small circular motions, from there start in one corner of your house and move in that counter clockwise direction speaking words of positivity like, "thank you for my home" or any words of gratitude for what you have. You can also ask to allow peace and light into your home as well ask to release any negative, emotional attachments. Create a mini mantra for your self and continue to recite it until you are done going around your entire house. Most importantly, open your heart to this beautiful ritual and allow some soul cleaning in.
You can pick up a sage bundle at most health food stores or even Amazon. Look for white sage if possible. It's my personal favorite for burning.