White sage is one of the most sacred plants to Native Americans. For centuries, it has been used in folk medicine as well as in religious and healing rituals. Today, white sage is used by Wiccans (or pagans) to cleanse homes and people of bad energy or influences.
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Make a tea using dry white sage, available from health food stores or herb stores. Sage is usually sold as crushed leaves. Add to a cup of hot water and let it sit for at least five minutes. This tea can be used to treat stomach troubles, arthritis and headaches.
Add a couple of dry leaves to a bottle of water. Use purified, filtered or mineral water for better results. Close the bottle and let it sit so the healing properties of the sage mix in with the water. This can be used as a day-to-day drink or given to those who are recuperating from an illness as a tonic.
Suck on a dry or fresh leaf to soothe a sore throat. Make sure you use organically grown sage or buy from a reputable seller. Don't swallow the leaf. Instead, replace it with a new one when it feels like there's no flavor or juice left.
Mash fresh or dry leaves and mix them with water to create a paste. Wrap it using a cheesecloth and use it as a poultice over sore muscles, skin eruptions and rashes. You can also use it on the forehead to lower fevers, or on the lower stomach to relieve menstrual cramps.
Buy a smudge stick at health food stores or pagan shops, or pick a clean branch. Use fire to burn the end so it starts smoking. Walk from room to room, making sure the smoke reaches every corner.
Use a cleansing prayer or make up one yourself. Think about asking the bad energy to leave the area and ask for protection and peace to come over it. When cleansing a room, light a smudge stick and leave it in a corner to burn off.
Keep the room closed so the smoke doesn't wander out, but make sure the stick is placed on a metal surface to prevent fires and to protect your furniture and upholstery. White sage has a pleasant sweet aroma, so you won't need to air the room later.