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#1 of 9 Old 08-12-2003, 02:02 AM - Thread Starter
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I have seen this practice referenced here as a purification, healing ritual, and am just wondering what it means. Why sage? Who started this? Just curious. And I prefer the smell of lavender.

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personally I prefer cedar

I think the popularity of sage for purification in the US comes from the native americans, might be a different source for europeans.
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I think it's called smudging. I participated in a beautiful multifaith healing service, which was opened by a Native American sage burning ritual.
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I agree with UMMnuh, i think its called smudging.

I did it with cedar when we moved into our new home.
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It is called smudging.

Sage clears out all the bad leftovers, and cedar invites the good stuff in. So really you should do it with both.

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AdinaL...if you add the smoke of sweetgrass, it will "seal" the "healing" and invite sweet energy in.

Sweetgrass is traditionally used in our SweatLodge too, along with Sage and Cedar. When we bring in the red hot rocks/stones, we sprinkle first Sage, then Cedar and then sweetgrass on each hot rock to honor them. (Mmmmmm...I can just smell it now with my imagination, having smelled it so many times.)

Just a thought.

Incense is used in many, many ways...the Catholic priest swings his censer too. Frankincense and Myrrh were fairly prominent at Jesus' birth... same purpose. Myrrh has been used in the tub as one ingredient in an after birthing bath...yup, that smell brings back amazing memories from my homebirths.

Sage; Cedar; and Sweetgrass...mmmm...that's a good smell that sets the tone and vibe for good things.

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Joyce - that is too funny....I was just coming back to add in the sweetgrass thing.....:LOL

I do all three every time I move into a new place. I have my bundles of all three tied together. My sweetgrass needs to be replaced though, getting a little crunchy.

I love that smell.

The smell of a fresh sweetgrass braid.....mmmmmm. One of my faves!

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Each plant has it's own frequency. I understand sage to be cleansing.
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