Blue sage belongs to the same family as the well-known white sage. It has thin bluish leaves and indigo flowers, hence its name. It grows in the southwest of the United States and the north of Mexico. It gives off an herbal and floral scent, similar to the lavender one and a lot softer than white sage.
Blue sage can be used to prepare your meditation session or just to relax and enjoy its fragrance. It can also be burnt during purification and protection rituals. Blue sage is said to enhance abundance and prosperity and to strengthen inner power and spiritual growth.
About its cultivation
Blue sage is a perennial and hardy plant. Its growth depends on the climate and annual precipitations. That's why the size of the bundles can vary from year to year, following seasonal contingency and changing harvesting. During drought periods, the concentration of essential oils in the leaves is higher.
How to use it
This purification ritual is a universal practise.
1. Use a heat resistant container such as an abalone shell. Place it on top of an appropriate support or stand and take a feather or a fan.
2. Light the sage bundle, preferably with a match. Let the leaves burn for a few seconds, and then blow the flame. Be careful, the leaves can easily be blown away.
3. Go through each room and guide the scented smoke with the feather or fan towards the place you would like to purify.
4. Wait until the sage bundle goes out. According to Indian beliefs, sage will carry on burning until purification is over.
You can also burn loose leaves with an abalone shell: place a little bit of sand in the shell to protect it from the heat, then light the leaves and put them on the sand. With a feather or fan, guide the smoke towards the places you would like to purify. Remember that smudging is an intention-based ritual. With a pure heart and noble aspiration, you will boost its effect.
Ventilate the room after use. Do not inhale the smoke directly.