White Sage ~ Salvia apiana
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An extremely sacred herb to the Chumash people of California. And very strong!
This plant with its highly scented grey green foliage is native to the southwestern region of the US and northwestern Mexico.
In ideal conditions White Sage can grow to 1.5m tall and 1.3m wide. Ideal conditions being well drained dry soils (hardly needs any water) and a sunny position.
The seeds of White Sage were a main ingredient of pinole a staple food for Native American groups on the Pacific Coast. A tea from the roots was used by the Chuilla women for healing and strength after childbirth…. And of course like any self-respecting hippy should know, the dried leaves are used as smudge sticks for purification and/or rituals. Great for when you’re moving into a new house. Just make sure the leaves were harvested sustainably -better yet, grow your own!
Some other modern day advice in regards to the use of white sage I found here on www.rootsimple.com