Botanical Name: Salvia apiana
Components: From the coastal mountains of California, white sage is prized for its strong aromatic and cleansing properties. For centuries, Native American tribes have used sage in purification rituals.
Overview: The aromatic smoke that is emitted from smudging is believed to cleanse negative energy and purify living spaces, as well as people and even objects. Smudging is also very effective for combating feelings of anger, fear, anxiety, and depression. Used
during meditation, smudging can offer an enhanced experience through calming effects that may help lower blood pressure, relieve
tension, and normalize breathing rates.
Uses: For smudging or aromatic purposes, light the sage and then gently blow out the flame, allowing the leaves to smolder until you have a steady flow of smoke. Rest the sage in a bowl, shell, or plate that is burn-proof. Ideally, you want to let the sage burn out naturally.