Another absolute, must-have spiritual tool, “salvia apiana,” or White Sage, is a non-culinary form of sage used by indigenous peoples of the Americas to cleanse the energy and people for ritual or ceremony. It is a sacred plant native to the Americas and must be revered as such. It’s incredibly potent plant medicine, now adopted by cultures and people around the world. Where palo santo clears negative energy and ushers in sweetness, White Sage clears ALL energies. It’s incredibly powerful, so use it as such!
Smudging vs. Smoke Cleansing
The ritual of “smudging” in Native American traditions is a sacred ceremonial preparation conducted by specific tribe members. While the exact practices differ family to family or tribe to tribe, “smudging” is considered a closed practice, that is, unless you are indigenous or trained by a native religious leader in the ritual of smudging, what you are practicing is indeed “smoke cleansing.”
The gorgeous bundles carried here at the Crystal Lion shop have come from a 100% organic and ethically harvested farm, and are NEVER wild crafted. This is very important for your white sage, as the plant’s wild populations are in danger (read more about this below)…
Salvia apiana, the White Sage plant, is a critically endangered native plant. It should never, ever be wild-harvested, and unfortunately, the populations of wild white sage are in very concerning condition due to over harvesting in an unethical way. The leaves and branches of salvia apiana require careful pruning, thoughtful and mindful harvesting, in order to preserve the life of the plant and allow it to thrive for years to come. Sadly, they have been harvested to the point of critical endangerment in their native soil. If you can’t grow your own white sage at home, always, always, always buy ethically farmed. When in doubt, ask the seller and make sure they have asked the questions of their source, how it is grown, how it is harvested, and who ties the bundles.
HOW TO USE WHITE SAGE:
One white sage bundle can last a very long time due to its style of burning. To use, light the end with a fire source and wait until the bundle catches a full flame. Either shake or blow out the flame, and the bundle will continue to burn. The White Sage wand will produce aromatic smoke until you extinguish it, during which time you can use it to purify and raise the vibration of the space, people, or crystals around it. Use a feather to spread the smoke around your hands, body, space and crystals, and always make sure you use proper ventilation, both for safety and energetic reasons (the smoke carries away negative energy and it needs a place to escape the space). Extinguish the Sage wand and place in a fire-safe bowl until the next lighting.
Disclaimer: each sage plant is unique in its content of aromatic oils. Like wines, plants offer their unique benefits due to the “terroir” – or their unique growing conditions. Rainfall, the soil they’re grown in, even the time of year effect how a sage plant dries and burns. Each piece sold through the Crystal Lion shop is guaranteed to be of the highest quality organically farmed White Sage, though each sage bundle/stick will have slight variations.
Please practice fire safety and common sense when lighting your White Sage bundle and resting it while still burning. Watch your burning sage until you are sure the fire has gone out each time for safety.
*This material is NOT for internal use; it is NOT a culinary sage. External use only (burning).
This listing is for ONE (1) MEDIUM 100% Organically Farmed White Sage bundle, with a variety of colored ribbons holding it together. This bundle measures 5 inches long and approximately 1.5 inches in diameter.
All stones and crystals in our shop have been cleansed with our natural mountain spring water (except for those that may dissolve in water, such as selenite) and have been smudged with organic white sage, harvested sustainably and produced fairly.
Please note that crystals, minerals and fossils are a natural product and are rarely perfect. I do my best to capture each side of each piece in the photos. They are creations of Mother Nature that have weathered thousands of years in the earth and I cannot guarantee them completely. They are natural objects. All photographs are taken outside, in natural sunlight, and the photos are NEVER altered. 🙂
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Disclaimer: None of the information in these listings is meant to replace medical advice. We are NOT doctors. Please consult your doctor for assistance with any physical or mental health concerns. Crystals, gems and minerals are NOT a replacement for healthcare treatment. Information in our description is for spiritual purposes. Please do your own research on the safety of certain minerals.