White Sage is an evergreen perennial shrub that is native to the south-western United States and north-western Mexico. Smudging, the burning of dried White Sage leaves, is an ancient Native American tradition, where White Sage is used to cleanse and purify a space or person of unwanted or negative energies. White Sage can also be used as a tea for colds, sore throat, sinus congestion, indigestion or heavy menstruation. It is also valuable as a culinary spice, with similar flavour to garden sage. Avoid in pregnancy or lactation, as it may reduce milk production (unless you are trying to ween your baby). It can reduce bodily secretions (mucous, milk, sweat, etc.).
Preparation: As a tea: 1 tsp per cup, steep covered 10 minutes. For smudging: Place loose leaves on a saucer to burn, or burn sticks as is.
Avoid in pregnancy when breastfeeding, as it may reduce milk production (unless you are trying to ween your baby)