How to Smudge with Palo Santo and Sage

Jun 16, 2022WELL-BEING

Refreshing Palo Santo Smudging Bowl

I’ve been a believer in the holistic magic of sage and Palo Santo for years. An ancient tradition of energy cleansing, smudging with sage and Palo Santo has become a mainstream wellness regimen. Smudging is the burning of sacred plants to cleanse, clear and create energy. If you’re curious about how to refresh your home with sage and Palo Santo, here’s everything you need to know.


Palo Santo comes from a South American tree called Bursera Graveolens. The name Palo Santo translates to “holy wood.” A cousin of frankincense and myrrh, its scent has notes of amber and citrus. It’s known as a holistic energy neutralizer. 

During unsteady times like these, many of us are searching for ways to ditch the bad energy and bathe in the good energy. Smudging with sage and Palo Santo can be the holistic and soulful solution you’re seeking.

The name sage translates to “to heal.” Smudging with sage has been practiced by Native Americans for generations. It’s known for improving mood and cognition and easing insomnia. A number of modern studies have shown that sage has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. For this reason, many medical practices use sage to naturally disinfect therapeutic settings.

Smudging with sage and Palo Santo can be a one-two punch. When you want to remove bad vibes, smudge with sage. When you want to invite good vibes, smudge with Palo Santo. If you choose to do both, smudge with sage first to eliminate the negativity. Afterward, smudge with Palo Santo to usher in the positivity.

I burn Palo Santo every morning to calm my mind, enhance creativity and welcome the day’s good vibes. It’s my favorite grounding ritual. Smudging with sage or Palo Santo is easy. Simply light it with a match and allow it to flicker for thirty seconds. Then, blow out the flame, wave around the smoldering stick, and place it on a heatproof dish.

Palo Santo 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.

Palo Santo is a sacred plant the South American government only allows to be harvested from deceased trees. This helps preserve the rich South American ecosystem. When you buy from indigenous-owned businesses who abide by these regulations, it ensures you receive authentic Palo Santo. 

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When you think about it, we each consist of positive and negative ions. When we become burned-out, our negative ions overpower the positive ones. A metaphysical remedy, smudging with sage and Palo Santo could induce the positive energy we all need right now. 

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