Smudging is a ritual where the leaves of the Sage plant are burned, and the smoke is directed into and onto areas that are in need of clearing and protection. … As the smoke clears, the spirit of the Sage carries with it the negative energy that was once attached.
Smudging and Blessing Herbs. The use of sage is for clearing and removing negative energies, or healing. The smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal the person or object being smudged. Sage is used to ‘wash off’ the outside world when one enters ceremony or other sacred space.