Sage belongs to the Salvia plant family and is derived from the Latin word salvere, which means "to heal."
Research is showing that sage can also be used to benefit physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
She points to a number of studies that have shown that medicinal smokessuch as sage have powerful antimicrobial and antibacterialqualities, can improve mood and cognition, can serve as an insect repellent, and can even help with sleep quality by easing insomnia.
Spiritually speaking, burning sage is also thought to ward off negativity and toxicity. You can think of it like clearing the slate for more positivity to enter your space.