White Sage Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Salvia alpine

Also Known As

Californian White Sage


Coastline of southern California

Parts Used

Leaves and stalks

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Sage is a traditional medicine plant of the Native American peoples, used for healing and ceremony. It is used for cleansing and purification, and to open people up to a greater connection with the sacred. It is thought to banish negative energy, not only on the physical level, but also emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It has a very aromatic, sharp and stimulating smell, and its action works on all the senses. However it is honoured in Native American tradition to be sacred herb used for sending prayer and working with the power of spirit.

White Sage is used to cleanse spaces, houses, rooms or environments of any kinds of subtle, old energies and prepare the space with fresh intent. It is also used to cleanse the aura of a person from stuck old energies to prepare for ceremony or spiritual work. It is also cleansing and healing when drunk internally as a tea. Wite Sage is also used for cleansing objects for use in ceremony or when calling or looking inward for higher guidance. It is very good for cleansing crystals.

Typical Use

Sage can be bundled together and tied at the bottom around the stalks, creating a smudge stick, this is then lit and used in cleansing ritual, feathers are often used to direct the smoke appropriately. It can also be placed on charcoals traditionally in a shell and then allowed to burn, releasing the purifying smoke.

Folklore and History

The Native Americans used White Sage as a flavoring in their food and as a medicinal plant, they also used it to make "smudge sticks," a kind of incense. Sage leaves were bundled together, then burned - the idea being that the resulting smoke drove away evil spirits and purified anyone who was present. Traditional Algonquian First Nations culture used smudge sticks when sending prayers to the Great Spirit..

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