Palo Santo vs Sage

Palo Santo and Sage are both fucking awesome for helping to clear our energetic fields and help bring things back into energetic alignment. But what’s the real difference between the two? 

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I think it is safe to say that the white sage on the right is the more popular option and it is definitely more powerful. Sage clears out alllllll of the energy in a space or in your energetic field, the good and the bad. It pretty much leaves us with an energetic blank slate. Palo Santo on the other hand is less aggressive and only removes the negative energy from a space and allows the good vibes to stick around. Sage has a very very strong smell, while palo has more of a sweeter scent to it. Because of this I like to use sage when I am clearing a space or an object and palo santo when I am cleansing my aura. But do whatever feels best for you!

Smudging to clear a space of negative energy is an ancient ritual. The concept here is that the burning smoke enters the space and attaches itself to the negative energy that is lingering there…. The smoke then takes that negative energy with it as it dissipates from the space!

Smudging is like taking a spiritual or energetic bath, its clears negative energy which restores balance and opens the mind and heart. Give it a try!!!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Shell, or ceramic or glass bowl
  • A fire source of some sort
  • White Sage (Smudge Stick or loose) or Palo Santo
  • Feather (optional)
  • Water (to put out the sage)

Note: A LITTLE SAGE GOES A LONG WAY!!!! I bought 2 lbs of sage and found myself giving handfuls to everyone I know because I’ll never get to use it all.

How to Smudge a Room:

  1. OPEN A WINDOW!!! This is the most important part of a smudging ritual. You need to open the window so that the smoke and negative energy have a way to completely leave the room.
  2. Set an intention to rid “this space” of negative energy and restore balance .. keep this intention in the front of your mind throughout the entire ritual
  3. Use a lighter or match or stove or whatever you choose to light your sage. Let the sage catch fire for about 30 seconds before blowing the flame out (just like lighting incense).
  4. You can place the smoking wand (or loose sage) in your bowl and waft the smoke around the room using your feather or you can simply hold your wand and make circles with it in the air moving the smoke around the room. For cleansing a room I prefer to use a stick or wand of bundled sage (just because I find it easier, personal preference)
  5. Start with the doorway as you enter the room and make sure to get the smoke into every corner of the room. Don’t Forget about the closets. Spend more time in spaces of the room that you feel may carry more traffic or negative energy.
  6. When you’ve finished dip the sage in water or run it under the faucet. Place it back in your bowl and let it dry for your next use
  7. Enjoy your new space
  • If you are smudging an entire house do not room hop… rather do a walk through of the entire house and smudge the hallways and doorways as well.
  • I like to sage my room at least once a month, but find myself doing it more often if I have a lot of visitors.

How to Smudge Yourself:

This can be done a million different ways, below is my personal ritual

  1. OPEN A WINDOW!!! You need to open the window so that the smoke and negative energy leaving you have a way to completely leave the room.
  2. Set an intention to rid yourself of negative energy that’s clinged to you  and to restore you energetic balance .. keep this intention in the front of your mind throughout the entire ritual
  3. Use a lighter or match or stove or whatever you choose to light your sage. Let the sage catch fire for about 30 seconds before blowing the flame out (just like lighting incense).
    I prefer to use loose sage for cleansing myself because you really don’t need
    that much and it feels more intimate.
  4. I focus on the 7 energy centers in the body, or the Chakras. I spend time saging each center from top to bottom in a circular motion. I make circles away from my body with the sage. I envision myself removing the negative energy from my body as the circle moves away from my body, and then bringing in new positive energy as the circle comes back towards me.
    (I’ll try and get some diagrams of this up soon)
  5. Spend more time on areas of yourself that you tend to carry tension or stress.
  6. When you’ve finished dip the sage in water or run it under the faucet. Place it back in your bowl and let it dry for your next use

How to Smudge an Object:

  1. Open a Window
  2. Set the intention to rid the object of negative energy and to give it a new start .. keep this intention in the front of your mind throughout the entire ritual
  3. Light the sage (loose or wand I choose depending on the size of the object)
  4. Make circles with the sage around the entire object
  5. When you’ve finished dip the sage in water or run it under the faucet. Place it back in your bowl and let it dry for your next use

 

xo xo

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