How to Refresh Your Home with Sage and Palo Santo

Nov 10, 2022WELL-BEING

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ve noticed an underlying theme. I’m consistently searching for ways to revive the energy within my home. It’s inevitable that our homes become stagnant. And believe it or not, this can negatively impact our well-being. For me, the most effective way to refresh your home on an energetic level is with sage and Palo Santo. The following advice will show you how.

I’m a wholehearted believer in the magic of smudging. If you’re new to smudging with sage and Palo Santo, it’s like an energy cleansing one-two punch. Want to remove bad vibes? Smudge with sage. Want to invite good vibes? Smudge with Palo Santo. If you want it all like me, smudge with sage first to eliminate the negative energy. Then, smudge with Palo Santo to invite the positive energy.

Native Americans have smudged with sage for generations. You’ve seen movies where Native American healers are hovering over an injured warrior with a smoldering sage wand in hand. Sage literally means “to heal.” Modern studies have found it to be antimicrobial and antibacterial. Some hospitals reportedly use sage to disinfect their rooms.  

Palo Santo comes from a protected tree in South America called Bursera Graveolens. To preserve the rich South American ecosystem, Palo Santo can only be harvested from deceased trees. This species of tree is considered to be so sacred, the name Palo Santo actually means “holy wood.”


I smudge with sage and Palo Santo every morning. It calms my mind and improves my overall well-being. It’s become my favorite grounding ritual.

The process of smudging is simple. Light a sage wand or Palo Santo incense/stick and allow it to flicker for a few seconds. Blow out the flame, wave the smoke throughout the room, and place it on a heatproof dish. Sometimes I recite the following intention:

“Smoke of air and fire of earth. Bless and cleanse my heart and worth. Drive away all harm and fear. Only good may enter here.”

If you find the energy of your space feels stagnant or unbalanced, try refreshing your home with sage and Palo Santo. I highly recommend smudging if you have a moody teenager in the house. I’ve been known to smudge my teenager while he slept. (Kidding. —Not kidding.) 

You can access quality resources via my Etsy Sage and Palo Santo collection. You’ll find smudging kits, incense, sticks and candles. It’s the sensory balancing goodness we all need right now.

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