While desert white sage is the strain of sage generally reached for for spiritual cleansing needs, common sage works just as well. When burned sage is a powerful spiritual cleanser that not only pushes out negative energies, but also provides a protective boundary. It has long been used in healing. An old proverb says “why should a man die who has sage in his garden?”. It was used in the Middle Ages to treat fevers, liver disease and epilepsy.
When you are finished smudging, turn upside down and tap out in a fire proof bowl.