Sage (Salvia officinalis) also known as garden sage is an evergreen perennial shrub has potential antibacterial properties The plant is considered sacred. It has been used for cleansing, purifying and protection. The fragrance is used to rid homes of bad spirits and ward off negative energies. When burned, the smoke of this sacred herb attaches to the negative energies. As the smoke spirals and fills up the space, the place is being cleansed. For best results, direct the smoke onto areas you want to clear or protect. Don't forget to express your intention for why you're burning sage and express gratitude for the help of the plant spirits.