Incense with sage: It is purifying and promotes concentration

sage leaves
sage leaves

Incense with sage can strengthen concentration and cleanse rooms in the house or apartment. There are various ways to incense the plant: in a fireproof vessel, on the incense burner or as a tightly tied sage bundle, a so-called sage smudge stick.

Incense with sage: The most important things in a nutshell

Sage, especially white sage, is considered THE incense par excellence. The plant cleanses the room atmosphere, has a clarifying effect and promotes concentration. Dried sage leaves and flowers are used. Many types and varieties of sage are suitable for incense, the most popular is the white sage. The sage is burned on an incense burner, on incense charcoal or in the form of sage smudge sticks until the herbs have burned out. The windows can be closed as well as opened a little.

How does sage work when incense?

The history of incense with herbs is as old as mankind itself: Incense rituals have always been part of everyday life. The ancient tradition is not only rediscovered in esotericism, but also has quite pragmatic reasons. Thus, sage has always been considered not only as a medicinal plant, but also as a cleansing and purifying incense that can bring new energy into your own four walls. Whether as a cleansing ritual, for meditation or simply because you like the smell, almost all types and varieties of sage can be used for this.

Meadow sage/introduced sage (Salvia pratensis) is just as suitable for incense as the common sage (Salvia officinalis). The most popular is the White Sage (Salvia apiana). This “White Sage” is one of the most sacred plants for the indigenous people of North America and is valued for its particularly intense aroma. Both the dried leaves and the flowers of the plant are used.

In the incense bowl sage smells spicy, aromatic herbaceous, somewhat resinous and slightly sweet. It can be used alone, but can also be combined with myrrh, rosemary and cardamom for a comprehensive room cleansing.

Effect of sage as an incense plant

The plant cleanses the atmosphere, attracts positive energies, has a disinfectant, invigorating effect, promotes concentration, removes blockages and clears the consciousness.

Incense with sage: 3 methods

Incense with charcoal

Fill a fireproof vessel with incense sand. This is fine quartz sand that serves as a base for incense charcoal and insulation from its heat. Light a charcoal tablet and first place it upright in your vessel so that it gets enough air to glow completely. Then place the tablet on the sand with the depression facing up and wait five minutes for a white film of ash to form. Then, using tongs or a metal spoon, place the sage on the charcoal. The burning time of one tablet is about one hour; when the incense has burned out, remove the remains and sprinkle new sage on the coal if necessary.

Incense on the tea warmer

It is also possible to incense sage on an incense burner with a tea light and strainer insert. This has the advantage that loose parts of the herb do not burn as quickly and the fragrance development is more lasting when using a tea warmer. First sprinkle the sage on the edge of the strainer so that it can glow very easily. If you want a little more smoke, move the herb to the center of the strainer.

Incense with sage bundle, sage smudge stick

To incense sage, you don’t necessarily need a heat source from below. The cleansing herb can also be easily lit in a fireproof bowl and then smoked while smoldering. An equally common use is smoking with a tightly tied sage bundle called a sage smudge stick. This herb bundle is available for purchase; however, you can also make it yourself by harvesting sage, bundling the sage shoots, and hanging them in the air to dry. When drying the sage, make sure the twine, made of natural fiber such as cotton or hemp, is not too thick. Wrap the twine crosswise around the shoots and keep knotting it so that it doesn’t all unravel when it burns. You can easily light the smudge stick and blow out the flame, holding it over a sand-filled bowl to catch the falling ash.


A quick and inexpensive way to add a little clarifying atmosphere with sage is to use sage incense sticks.

How to incense with sage?

Before you start incense, the apartment should be tidy and clean. During incense burning, you can either leave all windows open a crack or close them completely, so that the scent can develop better. After incense it is necessary in any case to ventilate well.

For a cleansing effect of white sage, start at the entrance of the apartment and walk carefully from room to room with the incense burner or sage bundle in hand. It is best to fan the smoke with a feather or your hand into corners, behind cupboards and under dressers. Closets are usually left out, as the smell will settle into clothes. When finished, let the charcoal and incense go out completely and dispose of any leftover incense in the compost or residual waste. The smudge stick is best extinguished in incense sand.


Always make sure the incense is of high quality. You should not leave the lit incense unattended and place it so that it is out of reach of children and animals. Always allow the residue to cool sufficiently before disposing of it in the compost.

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