Standardized: white sage
Other: California white sage, greasewood
Salvia apiana Jeps.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
White sage is a flowering perennial that is native to the Southwestern United States. This plant loves to grow on sunny, arid slopes and has tall woody stems and tiny white flowers. White sage exists only in a relatively small range in southern California. Much of its limited range has been affected by human development.
White sage leaves are often rolled into a large bundle and burned as an incense to purify physical spaces. This popularity has unfortunately led to the overharvesting of this plant, with the ongoing droughts in California also negatively affecting stands of white sage and slowing the recovery rate. Many prominent herbalists have suggested that enthusiasts consider growing their own.
USES AND PREPARATIONS
The dried leaves on their stems as incense. The leaves are one to three inches long, silvery-grey to yellowish-grey in color, covered in a thick downy white pubescence and attached to stems of the same color and texture. The leaves are dry and brittle, resulting in some loose or broken leaves in every package due to handling during packaging and shipping.
Not for internal use.
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