Why More Black Women Are Returning to the Ancient Art of Burning Sage

What is Sage?

Sage has become very popular in the West (Western world). What was once looked at as something associated with sorcery and witchcraft is now a go-to tool for removing negative vibes and energy.  Sage has been used since ancient times for healing and to clear the build-up of emotional or spiritual negativity.

There are many types of sage but the sage is mostly used for cleansing is dried white sage.  Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest methods of cleansing a person, group of people or space in our human history. Scientific studies have shown that the medicinal properties of sage smoke are a powerful antiseptic that can purify the air of 94% of harmful bacteria for up to 24 hours. The electromagnetic field (aura) around our body, as well as the energy in our environment, can become blocked with harmful positive ions that can make us feel fatigued, sluggish and burnt out. Burning sage or other herbs neutralizes the positive charge and releases large amounts of negative ions into the atmosphere. This means that our own energy, and the energy around us, will feel lighter and calmer.
Burning herbs has been a popular method of purification in many religions and cultures. Christian churches smudge with frankincense and myrrh. Incense is commonly burned in Asia and in Buddhist temples, and the Incas burned palo santo wood. It has been a tradition in South America for hundreds of years.
Once the sacred plant is burned, the cloud of smoke that emanates is used to prepare for prayer ceremonies, rituals, and purification. Smudging is believed to heighten the sensitivity of healers, or the medicine men so that they achieve an enhanced state of mind and can effectively assess and treat illness.
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Benefits of Burning Sage 

  • Purification
  • Improves Allergies
  • Dispels Negative Energy
  • Boost Mood
  • Relieve Stress
  • Improves Sleep
  • Boost Energy Levels
  • Chemical-free Air Freshener

How To Use it?

  1. Light the end of a sage bundle with a match. Blow out quickly if it catches on fire.
  2. The tips of the leaves should smolder slowly, releasing thick smoke. Direct this smoke around your body and space with one hand while holding the bundle in the other.
  3. Allow the incense to linger on the areas of your body or surroundings you’d like to focus on. Using a fan or feather can also help direct the smoke, though this is optional.
  4. Allow the ash to collect in a ceramic bowl or shell.
  5. The amount of smoke presents lets you know how much negative energy is around.
Sage burning cleansing can be as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be, but it’s of the highest importance that your intention is clear before you begin. If you are burning sage to purify a space, or a person (even yourself) then this needs to be clearly planted in your mind before you  light the sage, and while taking the smoke around a home, or through a space.

The way we parent: Tips from around the world

Follow your own intuition.

Ask for advice if and when you feel you could use it. Be mindful of who you ask. 

Read a few parenting books that speak to you.


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**Every culture has some wisdom to offer. **

Family fun

The benefits of delayed schooling

Hey family! So you’ve decided to send your child to school. I’m all for doing what’s best for our families. Follow your intuition and/or do your research. One thing I’d suggest is to find an educational institution that speaks to your values ie. African-centred, play-based, Montessori, outdoor schools etc.  Consider this. Delaying school can be very beneficial for our children.

Delaying School May Protect Against Developmental Disorders





Note: Naturalista mamas recognize that most children have finished breastfeeding and are ready to start spending more time away from us around age seven. Think about it. More than likely they’re pretty much off our laps, are sleeping in their own beds comfortably at night, are much better at regulating their emotions and more. For those who are keen on sending their little ones to school age 7 or 8 may be a great time to start. Research also shows us that children’s brains are better prepared for academic work at this stage. https://www.vincegowmon.com/the-right-brain-develops-first/

Seven year cycles

Happy Sunday! Recently I was talking with a cousin about seven year cycles specifically seventh earthday celebrations. The following links can help as we think about planning our get-to-gethers:




Jus’ leave ’em be

Our babies come wired to play. The best thing we can do is give them the space to do that for several hours every day. Unstructured and uninterrupted.  Yes indeed. Get out of their way. 

The importance of uninterrupted play







New to parenting?

Welcome! Our  children choose us and we choose them. Never forget that they are amongst our greatest teachers. Know that you got this! Raise your youths in a manner that resonates with you and tweak things as you go along. Try not to be afraid to try a new approach when necessary.

You may want to consider these things as you learn and  grow. https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2014/01/16/7-crippling-parenting-behaviors-that-keep-children-from-growing-into-leaders/#270d84aa5957



Know any parents who have raised/are raising their child(ren)  in a way that speaks to you? Ask them for advice as you go along. Take what you dig and leave the rest.