A recent study has proven that sage smudging can clear bacteria from the air. The research found that the smoke needs about an hour to cleanse the air to releases negative ions, neutralize positively charged ions.
The Medicinal Smokes, a scientific study was published in 2006 that reviews information from 50 countries over 5 continents about the medicinal use of smoke that is dating back to ancient times and it was typically used to aid the function of the respiratory and nervous system. The study also mentions that the smoke of burning herbs can act as an air cleaner. In 2007, in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology was published an article containing information about the air purifying potentials of smoke-based remedies and concluded that smudging has not only have health benefits but it can be used as a powerful antiseptic. The article was published by Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal, Puneet Singh Chauhan, Yeshwant Laxman Nene with the title: "Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria".
According to the authors: "This study represents a comprehensive analysis and scientific validation of our ancient knowledge about the effect of ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products' smoke for therapy and health care on airborne bacterial composition and dynamics, using the Biolog microplate panels and Microlog database. We have observed that one hour treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room. Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae pv. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris pv. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air"
Various sage species were investigated in comprehensive studies for their potential anti-infective, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic activities. Some of these studies:
Our ancestors used Sage all over the world for cleansing the air before spiritual ceremonies and healing rituals.
At the Village Rock Shop, you'll find a wide variety of sage products including:
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