Sage is an ancient sacred herb used during sacred ceremonies and smudging rituals. Traditional Native American smudging ceremonies use California Whites Sage, Dakota Sage, and Desert Sage . Smudging, the ritual burning of sage, is done to clear a space or person of negative energies. If your home feels stale or sad, if an argument has taken place and the air still hums with anger, or if an unpleasant energy lingers after a visitor.