White Sage, Native American Culture

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White Sage in the Native American Culture

White sage (Salvia apiana) has been used for centuries in the Native American culture. White sage is wrapped together and tied into a bundle. Then the end is lit and after a few moments blown out. The remaining sage smolders like an ember and releases the smoke slowly. This smoke is used to purify people, places and objects. These smudgings clear away negative energies that are present. This sacred plant is safe to consume and has be traditionally used to break a fever or reduce sweating, cleaning eyes, post-pregnancy recovery, cold remedies, odor elimination, and much more.

White sage has an original range over southern California and into Mexico. However the practices of sage have spread from the native tribes of the southwest, to people nationwide. It has a great history in this area and a wonderful fragrance for the home.

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