The Great Debate: Sage vs Palo Santo

May 25, 2020 2 min read

The Great Debate: Sage vs Palo Santo

Smudging can be a great way to cleanse the air and remove negative energy from your space. Over recent years, smudging has become more mainstream but it is believed to have been practiced by Native Americans for centuries. Palo Santo and Sage are most commonly used in this ritual and each carry a lot of different healing properties. But how do you know which one is right for you? Well, it depends on what your needs are.

Pick Sage if:

You need a fresh start.

Sage clears both good and bad energy. It completely cleanses your space, giving you a clean slate. 

When performing this ritual, be sure to do it slowly and with intention. Going room to room and focusing your energy on the smoke for best results!

Please note that this ritual isn't complete without a practice to bring back the positive energy you just removed. After smudging with sage, visualize light filling your space, getting into every corner and making your space warm and radiant. You can also use crystals to amplify this positive energy.

Palo Santo is for you if:

You're working on a creative project or need a boost of productivity or inspiration.

*Make sure when using Palo Santo that it is ethically sourced*

Use Palo Santo if you are only looking to cleanse out negative energy. If you are feeling uninspired and are needing a fresh burst of creativity, this can be a great tool.

Have a new project you're stuck on? Wanting to pick up a new hobby? Editing your memoir? Painting? Palo Santo is for you!

Light the Palo Santo stick and let the flame extinguish itself. Then, hold the stick in your hands and visualize your goals. Once you’re finished, place the stick onto a fireproof surface to cool down. Since Palo Santo burns slowly, it can be lit and relit multiple times!

Whichever method you choose, smudging is an amazing ritual to bring clarity and good energy to your home.

Stay Bright!

*Look out for a more in depth explanation about smudging and it’s benefits in our next post!

Jess McNair
Jessica is the LM resident writer. She loves travelling, reading, watching movies, and of course, jewelry!


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