Salvia apiana (White Sage)

Oregon, Leaves, Bundle, Large from United States (SKU 3940)

Excellent quality White Sage bundles for smudging as part of a ritual or ceremony. 
Weight 60 - 80 gram. Length approx. 22 cm.

Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

White sage is primarily used as an incense, and is burned to give a general sense of well-being as well as to drive away specific ailments. Prior to a healing session Sage is used to clear the area of negative energies, and upon conclusion Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) is burnt to bring in the good energies.

Other names: White Sage, California Sage, Bee Sage, Sacred Sage.

The Cahuilla Indians who referred to White Sage as "Qas’ily" had several uses for this native plant. Seeds were ground into a flour for mush. Seeds were also used as eye cleaners. Leaves were used for flavouring in cooking. In herbal medicine the leaves were eaten, smoked or used in a sweathouse. They were also crushed and mixed with water to create a hair shampoo, dye and straightener.

White Sage, Lamiaceae (Mint family), is a sub-shrub that can reach over 1 meter tall. The leaves are widely lanceolate and tapered at the base. The margin is minutely toothed and rounded. The leaves are generally basal, covered with dense hairs, which gives it a white coloring, and are about 4–8 cm long. The inflorescence is a spike-like clusters with few flowers. The flowers are bilateral, about 12–22 mm in length, and are white with lavender spots and streaks. Both the stamens and styles are exserted. The fruit form into shiny, light brown nutlets that are 2.5–3 mm in size.[2]

Strong and full, characteristic, fresh, Mediterranian.

White Sage is considered sacred by many Native Americans since it is used to make smudge sticks, a type of incense. White sage is believed to cleanse a space of any evil spirits that may be present. This power is said to be released from the plant by the burning of the leaves, which are typically bundled into a wand or stick. Today many Native American tribes still use the stems and leaves for smudging as part of purification ceremonies. 

[1] White Sage, The Living Desert
[2] Salvia apiana, Wikipedia

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This is a natural product, used as incense or in perfumery, or as an ingredient of incense and other perfumery or potpourri preparations.
Some incense plants or products may have some history of other folklore purposes, but we offer this product for its use as incense. Not food grade, not for consumption.

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