Smudging (ceremonial smoke ) with Sage & Palo Santo is a sacred tradition that started with the Indengious
cultures of North & South America. This tradition has been adapted and practiced by many other cultures. Especially Bruja/Bruxa (Latin witches) and those of the Caribbean who in the last 100 years have merged their spiritual traditions with local indigenous cultures.
Smudging is traditionally for ceremonials for purifying or cleansing the soul of negative thoughts of a person or place. There are four elements involved in a smudge:
The container, traditionally a shell, representing water which is the first element.
The fire produced from lighting the sacred plants represents the third element.
The smoke produced from the fire represents air, the fourth element
“Sage comes from the Latin word ‘salvia’ which translates as ‘to heal.' Often, burning sage can bring forth wisdom and clarity as it increases your spiritual awareness,” she continues. “[It carries] more of the masculine/yang aspect. White sage specifically has been used by Native Americans for thousands of years for cleansing, purification, warding off evil spirits, and negative energies.”
Palo Santo in Spanish is Holy stick and is a sacred tree traditionally used by Indigenous communities as a sacred practice. Shamans burn Palo Santo sticks in bundles to cleanse their space and ward off spirits.