Wellness Encyclopedia: Sage Benefits and Sage-Rosemary Oil DIY

Wellness Encyclopedia: Sage Benefits and Sage-Rosemary Oil DIY

More than just a pretty-smelling oil, sage has been used for centuries for everything from memory enhancement to wound healing…

This week, I’m pulling off one of the most stressful things a person can experience: A multi-state move. Come Saturday, I’ll be packing up my truck and making the journey from Pennsylvania to Maine, and right now I’m feeling that stress all over. Head to toe. Even though this move is one I’m excited about, it’s been said that moving, even in the best of times, is akin to experiencing a death in the family when it comes to stress level – and I believe it! To keep calm and grounded as my move-out date approaches, I’ve been turning to tried and true practices that bring peace of mind while everything around me is chaos. A favorite? Sage oil and smudges. While sage smudging is often thought of as a move-in ritual, the smoke from sage can help clear the air anytime. Add sage essential oil to the equation, and you’re in for decreased levels of stress and a great-smelling apartment (even if it is filled with boxes). But sage is more than just a pretty-smelling oil, the herb has been used for centuries for everything from memory enhancement to wound healing. Learn more about this incredible herb below!

What is sage?

Salvia officinalis, also called common sage or garden sage, is a light green herb with small purple flowers in the mint family. Native to the Mediterranean, sage now grows worldwide and has been used for thousands of years for both culinary and spiritual practices. Believed to promote everything from fertility to warding off evil to promoting brain function, When burned as a smudge, sage is thought to clear energy from a space or an object, much the same way as it was used centuries ago..

What are the benefits of sage?

Considered a sister herb to rosemary, when paired together sage and rosemary are believed to enhance cognitive function and could improve memory. On its own, sage could help boost brain power whether consumed as part of a dish, or simply used in aromatherapy by potentially stimulating neural pathways in the brain and possibly reducing overall inflammation, which has been linked to brain function. The same antioxidant properties in sage that may lead to reduced inflammation have also been found to possibly help with reduced muscle pain; in fact, the oils derived from sage have long been used to ease muscle aches and pains throughout the body. Sage has been found to contain some antibacterial and antiviral effects, and when applied as a poultice or tincture has been shown to improve symptoms of a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, acne and psoriasis.

How do I use sage?

Sage bundles can be bought pre-made but are just as easy to create and customize on your own with the benefit of adding in your own herbs and flowers. Sage oil blends beautifully into essential oil blends, like the one below, and fresh sage can be added to everything from salads to soups to desserts for antioxidant and memory-boosting benefits!

Sage-Rosemary Muscle and Memory Blend

Materials

10 drops sage essential oil

10 drops rosemary essential oil

1 oz carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, sesame)

Small glass container

Method

Combine essential oils and carrier oil in a small glass container. Mix gently before capping. Store in a cool, dark place. To use: rub on sore muscles or on temples to ease stress and improve mental capacity.

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Wellness Encyclopedia: Sage Benefits and Sage-Rosemary Oil DIY

Wellness Encyclopedia: Sage Benefits and Sage-Rosemary Oil DIY

More than just a pretty-smelling oil, sage has been used for centuries for everything from memory enhancement to wound healing…

This week, I’m pulling off one of the most stressful things a person can experience: A multi-state move. Come Saturday, I’ll be packing up my truck and making the journey from Pennsylvania to Maine, and right now I’m feeling that stress all over. Head to toe. Even though this move is one I’m excited about, it’s been said that moving, even in the best of times, is akin to experiencing a death in the family when it comes to stress level – and I believe it! To keep calm and grounded as my move-out date approaches, I’ve been turning to tried and true practices that bring peace of mind while everything around me is chaos. A favorite? Sage oil and smudges. While sage smudging is often thought of as a move-in ritual, the smoke from sage can help clear the air anytime. Add sage essential oil to the equation, and you’re in for decreased levels of stress and a great-smelling apartment (even if it is filled with boxes). But sage is more than just a pretty-smelling oil, the herb has been used for centuries for everything from memory enhancement to wound healing. Learn more about this incredible herb below!

What is sage?

Salvia officinalis, also called common sage or garden sage, is a light green herb with small purple flowers in the mint family. Native to the Mediterranean, sage now grows worldwide and has been used for thousands of years for both culinary and spiritual practices. Believed to promote everything from fertility to warding off evil to promoting brain function, When burned as a smudge, sage is thought to clear energy from a space or an object, much the same way as it was used centuries ago..

What are the benefits of sage?

Considered a sister herb to rosemary, when paired together sage and rosemary are believed to enhance cognitive function and could improve memory. On its own, sage could help boost brain power whether consumed as part of a dish, or simply used in aromatherapy by potentially stimulating neural pathways in the brain and possibly reducing overall inflammation, which has been linked to brain function. The same antioxidant properties in sage that may lead to reduced inflammation have also been found to possibly help with reduced muscle pain; in fact, the oils derived from sage have long been used to ease muscle aches and pains throughout the body. Sage has been found to contain some antibacterial and antiviral effects, and when applied as a poultice or tincture has been shown to improve symptoms of a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, acne and psoriasis.

How do I use sage?

Sage bundles can be bought pre-made but are just as easy to create and customize on your own with the benefit of adding in your own herbs and flowers. Sage oil blends beautifully into essential oil blends, like the one below, and fresh sage can be added to everything from salads to soups to desserts for antioxidant and memory-boosting benefits!

Sage-Rosemary Muscle and Memory Blend

Materials

10 drops sage essential oil

10 drops rosemary essential oil

1 oz carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, sesame)

Small glass container

Method

Combine essential oils and carrier oil in a small glass container. Mix gently before capping. Store in a cool, dark place. To use: rub on sore muscles or on temples to ease stress and improve mental capacity.

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Follow Julie on Instagram + check out her blog.

 

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Sacred Smudge Wand DIY with Helios + Solene

Sacred Smudge Wand DIY with Helios + Solene

Creating a sacred container for ceremony that provides a fresh palette for spiritual work to take place without the intermingling of outside energies…

This post comes to you from Emily Mikaelah, a Brooklyn-based energetic healer, teacher and spiritual development coach. She carries the ancestral teachings of the curandera women of Venezuela that have been passed down to her from the generations of medicine women in her family. In 2016 she founded Helios + Solene to create safe and sacred spaces throughout her travels to bring the powerful healing medicine of Spirit into the lives of others. She holds workshops sharing her practice with the community through group classes, women’s circles, and one-on-one private sessions. To learn more about her offerings, please visit her online portal.

Clearing the energy of a space has quickly become a common practice throughout many cultures. Traditionally this cleansing ritual was used before ceremony to raise the energetic vibrations of a space and release it of any evil spirits or negativity that may have been lingering.

Growing up I remember seeing my mother cleanse the house at least once a week with white sage, copal and palo santo. We would take sacred baths and smudge ourselves ceremonially. Every time we moved or refreshed a space, after any large gathering, every holiday and, of course, on Sunday mornings to the sounds of salsa music and live drumming.
The act of sacred smudging is a ritual that is easily attainable with just a few simple tools. Sacred herbs, often found in bundles, are typically placed into an abalone shell or a flame resistant vessel. White sage is the most commonly used — it helps to release any negative energy from a space, body or object when burned. You can also use palo santo if you want to cleanse and ground your space, as well as copal and cedar before and after Ceremony. I choose to burn my sage individually. Because it is so powerful, I like to honor each leaf (you can choose to bundle it as well). Traditional tools used in sacred smudging have been used for years to honor the four elements in the natural world: Earth, the sacred herb; Air, the smoke rising and the use of a feather wand; Fire, the lighting of the flame; and Water, the abalone shell.
Today I will teach you how to make a sacred smudging wand for your energy clearing rituals. These wands become close allies and support us in our rituals during their lifetime. It is important to note that, when making your wand, your energetic footprint goes into them… they become an essence of you. It is advised to keep your intentions during the creation process pure and the vibrations high.
Supplies
Ethically sourced feathers
Floral tape
A scrap of surplus leather
Suede cording
Decorative materials of your choice
Scissors

Step 1

After you have sourced your feathers, it’s time for a deep clean. Feathers can contain micro bacteria from their animal carrier, so it is important to cleanse them thoroughly before handling. (I use a blend of water, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide and alcohol.) Excess debris can be removed with dishwashing soap and water and allow them to soak in the hydrogen peroxide/ alcohol/ water mixture for at least 2 hours. Measurements vary based on the recipe, but I split it evenly three ways. After they have been cleaned, allow the feathers to dry in partial sunlight or near a cool fan. Don’t try to blow dry or apply heat as it may damage the feather and curl the ends. Once fully dried, hold them to your heart and say a prayer of intention. Smudge the feathers with some sage and making process can begin.

Step 2

Arrange the feathers in a way that appears visually pleasing to you. Explore color, height, texture. Once you find an arrangement with which you feel aligned, wrap the stems with floral tape to hold them in place. Floral tape has enough flexibility to hold the feathers in place while still allowing slight adjustment after taping. It is also a gentle adhesive that will not damage the feather if you decide to unwrap and start again.

Step 3

Cut a piece of surplus leather for your base. I source mine from fabric houses in NY’s garment district. Typically these are scraps about to be discarded, so projects like these allow new life to be breathed into them. You can also find wonders at your local thrift store. The height of the leather swatch should be as long as you want the handle, plus one inch. So if you want a 4″ handle, the height will be 5″. The length will vary depending on how thick you want your handle (we will be rolling the leather), but I would say at least 10″.
Align one edge of the leather against the stems, making sure to cover the tape and begin to tightly roll it like a cinnamon bun. It should be tight enough so that the stem won’t glide out and you don’t see air pockets between each layer. You can use rubber bands — or a friend — to hold in place!

Step 4

Cut a long piece of cording of your choice (at least 3 feet) and begin to tightly wrap around the leather base. Begin at the top nearest the feathers and wrap each end of the chord downward evenly until you reach the bottom of the base. Adjust tightness until it feels secure and tie off on the ends. If the end is uneven you can cut it straight. Add beads or bells as decor or leave the cording as is.

Enjoy your new smudge wand! Take care of her and use her often. Thank her and her animal carriers for their offering in this creation. Give gratitude and make an offering to them in a way that feels suitable to you. Your new smudge wand will assist you in clearing energetic debris from your body and surroundings, and will bring sacredness to all spaces in which you use her. Enjoy your new companion!
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Smudging & Spritzing: Traditions for the Home Spirit

To create convenience, centeredness along with a sensation of creating any room your personal…

This article involves us from Natalie Shukur.

I’ve been touring a great deal earlier this month — residing out-of a luggage and housesitting buddies& rsquo remaining in sublets, and performing my better to maintain some semblance of the regular program. Preparing my very own foods, utilizing my favorite beauty items and integrating grounding traditions for myspace, wherever which may be, all have demonstrated to be considered a great aid. Heading beyond packages of sage and the typical Champa joss sticks, I wanted some fresh resources out to increase my package. I ve utilized numerous mixtures of those, in the plane to my several landing places on the way. They’ve introduced me a sensation of creating any room my very own, centeredness along with convenience. These traditions is likely to escort me home assist established good motives and rest areas, and to clean might work.

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1. Smudging

Palo Santo is among the best methods to obvious and deodorize an area. In case your location smells you, or a little cool these stays of bark & mdash gathered in the Palo tree may counteract it pronto. Lighting a stay and allow it burn for some occasions before looking the comfortable, woodsy smoking and snuffing it rsquo & wherever it . Provide fortune,  & lsquo wood in Spanish, or Santo, has its background in shamanic traditions across Main and South Usa, and it is believed to obvious pessimism, and chase spirits.

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2. Glue

A journey-pleasant option to incense sticks having a greater focused fragrance is glue. Often constructed from emerald or wood, glue burns along with warm coals to assist you for connecting towards the planet and negotiate right into a room in a ceremonious way.

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3. Spritzes

Sprays are physical cleaning help and an excellent room to possess available when rsquo & using isn;t a choice. I’ve been testing out a holy smear water, offering witchhazel, Douglas – Fir, red plank, wood, bright sage, juniper, leave sage and vetiver to cleanse the atmosphere and assist me rest. Mists will also be useful to make use of included in your yoga exercise to create the feeling, and therefore are ideal like a cushion water on lengthy routes.