Smudging has become so popular now, that you can find mini-smudging kits at Sprouts (a sort of holistic grocery store). Smudging is when you burn sage to cleanse the environment, and to cleanse the energy of themselves and others. I have purchased sage for burning and while it smells nice, it's odd that we don't think to eat it to cleanse ourselves. Sage is a spice that tastes great on all sorts of foods. I have had it with pork, poultry, fish, etc. I have used it in making vegan chili If you bless the sage and have the intention for it to be used to energetically cleanse you, then the sage we eat is just as effective as the sage that is burned, and bonus, it tastes so good. Actually, I believe that sage is better to eat than to burn. After all, sometimes, the best thing we can do for our homes and energy, is to internally cleanse ourselves, and to include our physical bodies in that cleansing. Too often we leave our bodies behind. Your body is your vessel that allows you to be in this very dense physical world, so we can experience things we cannot experience as formless beings. We need to directly include the body in our spiritual practices. Eating sage that you have blessed, and other energetically cleansing foods such as basil, cinnamon, peppermint, etc, actually produces greater results because it includes our atoms, our cells, our bacteria. The nutrients end up feeding our entire body, and with the cleansing blessing added in, it cleanses the tiny energetic "spores" (for lack of a better term) that get in the way of our highest good. We are all doing our best. We look outward to help us with our inward selves, such as decluttering our homes (the Kon Marie method anyone?), and we have so many beautiful external rituals. However, sometimes, it's nice to go from inside out, and what better way to do that than to bless and cleanse all of our food? You can bless everything you consume, but we know that sage is particularly helpful. When I bless food I do the following:
Breathe deeply and call on the Elohim, of Light and Truth and Love.
express gratitude for the food, and to
ask for anything not for my highest good to be cleared, and to
cleanse it of any accidental curses, and
cleanse it of any other unhelpful energies.
I also ask that if there is any oppression somewhere in the process of getting the food onto my table that those beings who are oppressed may find relief; my intention is to include human, plant, animal, soil, etc.
I ask my angels for healing energy to be given to the plant or animal whose lives were ended so that I might live.
I bless the food to nourish and strengthen my body, mind, and spirit.
When I use sage as a spice, and other foods known for their healing properties, I bless it to also energetically cleanse my body.
I give thanks and gratitude again.
I often end in the Name of Jesus Christ and Brighid, Amen
Effectively, it's using food to do energy healing. However, ethically, if I am making food for other beings to consume, I just ask for the food to be neutral and make it with my own love involved. It often involves many of the things I already normally would pray for, but without the specifics of any cleansing or healing involved on the part of the person consuming the food. We need to energy healing only with permission, and to be sure to leave room for hte Wisdom of our Heavenly Parents to take over since we mortal and don't know the full context of anyone's lives, and sometimes even our own life.
I hope you will try eating sage to cleanse rather than burning it. Lemme know how it goes! Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments. :)