White Sage from Mountain Rose Herbs

I usually find something new in our bulk spice/herb wall if I look around for a bit. I then refer to the Mountain Rose Herb website for more information. Here’s what I found for White Sage, which can be used as incense and has medicinal and ceremonial uses.

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COMMON NAME

Standardized: white sage
Other: California white sage, greasewood

BOTANICAL NAME

Salvia apiana Jeps.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae

INTRODUCTION

White sage is a flowering perennial that is native to the Southwest U.S. Its tall woody stems and tiny white flowers love dry, arid slopes with lots of sun, and flourish in the rocky heights of the southwestern canyons. The aromatic herb has been used for centuries as incense and in smudge pots for ceremonial use, thus its common name of white ceremonial sage.

CONSTITUENTS

Diterpines and triterpenes, including carnosic acid, oleaolic acid, and ursolic acid

PARTS USED

Dried leaves

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

The dried leaves on their stem as incense.

SUMMARY

White sage grows only in the Southwestern part of the United States, and there is concern about its wildcrafting as its typical environs are taken over by human growth. In addition, a drought in 2002 seriously limited the crop of white sage, prompting many herbalists to suggest that enthusiasts consider growing their own. White sage has medicinal and ceremonial uses and is often burned as smudge sticks and in smudge pots.

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

 

from mountainroseherbs.com

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