White sage – Indian incense sage

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White Sage

Indian incense sage with purifying effect

White sage is one of the most effective plants for cleaning the environment with antibacterial effect. Especially by indigenous peoples in North America, white sage is used for its positive energy to drive away evil. It is mainly used in rituals of purification.

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What is white sage?

White sage (Salvia Apiana) belongs to the genus of sage plants in the labiates family. It is also called Indian incense sage. The plant can grow up to 1 meter high. The characteristic leaves are covered with many fine hairs, giving them a whitish appearance. White sage is an evergreen, herbaceous plant.
Already in ancient times sage was used, for example, for inflammation of the respiratory tract or diarrhea. But also as incense sage was already used at that time. Due to its disinfecting effect, sage found a place in numerous ceremonies.
White sage is very similar to the native garden or kitchen sage. Both belong to the same plant family. In addition, the ingredients and areas of application are similar. A significant difference is that the White Sage contains a little more resin and thus has particularly aromatic smoke.

White sage plant with ladybug

Where does white sage come from?

White sage is found exclusively in northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States. It needs a sunny, hot place and only a little water to grow ideally.

What is white sage used for?

The plant and its smoke are said to have a lot of healing properties. White sage helps in the treatment of sore throat, cold and inflammation of the mouth and throat. It is also said to have a cleansing effect against negative energies and a brightening effect on mood. Traditionally, white sage is used in shamanic rituals. This is also because it is said to have a positive effect on concentration and access to higher consciousness.

A 2007 study on white sage also found that the smoke clears the air of bacteria.

How to use white sage?

Traditionally, the dried leaves are tied into cigar-shaped “smudge sticks”. These are lit so that a spicy, aromatic smoke is formed. It is best to light the bundle over a bowl filled with sand. This way you can protect the surrounding area from the embers. The sage bundles are made of 100% leaves of the white sage plant. The leaves are collected in an ecological way, without harming the plant.

White Sage Smudge Sticks

White sage – Incense herb

While white sage is mostly used as pure incense, garden or kitchen sage is usually a component of incense blends.

White sage dried leaves

White sage – Incense sticks

However, there are also incense sticks made from white sage. Usually, they are made of 100% natural ingredients. To ensure the best quality, they are made by hand. Compared to incense bundles, they are easier and safer to use and have a longer burning time.

What is the effect of white sage?

White sage has a clarifying, cleansing, disinfecting, anti-inflammatory, calming effect and promotes concentration.

This should be paid attention to

Since white sage only grows in the USA and Mexico, it is always imported. Therefore, it is even more important to pay attention to sustainable cultivation. Especially when it comes to incense sticks, one should pay attention to 100% natural ingredients. This way, you can be sure that no harmful gases are produced when burning.


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