Introduction to White Sage
White sage (Salvia apiana) has a long history within many North and South American cultures and communities. It is a perennial shrub with broad, white evergreen leaves. It has a very pungent and clearing fragrance. The scent is herbaceous and bright.
White sage smudge sticks were traditionally burned by indigenous tribes of America in order to ward off evil spirits and negative energy.
This practice eventually became known as ‘smudging’ and it’s popularity has grown tremendously in recent times.
It’s pretty common nowadays to see white sage smudge sticks being burned in yoga studios or new-age shops.
Reasons To Burn White Sage
There are many reasons why somebody might want to burn white sage.
The Beautiful Fragrance
As noted earlier in this article, white sage has a beautiful and unique fragrance.
Many people burn white sage simply because they enjoy the scent.
Experience Native American Culture
One of the best parts about burning white sage is the experience itself.
It’s always fun to learn about new cultures and try things which you haven’t tried before.
Burn White Sage for Purification
Traditionally white sage was used to dispel spirits and negative energy from one’s surrounding atmosphere.
It was used to purify the air, as well as inanimate objects.
A Fantastic Room Deodorizer
Although white sage was used for purification purposes. Even if you don’t believe in spirits or negative energy, white sage also makes a fantastic odor-eliminator. It has a very clean smelling scent which easily masks bad odors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of questions we are frequently asked in regards to this article.
Is White Sage Endangered?
White sage is not technically endangered, but there are some rare cases of illegitimate harvesting.
If you are concerned about this, then you should ask your supplier whether or not their white sage is ethically sourced. Although it is not endangered or threatened, many conservationists are still concerned about the plant’s survival.