Californian white sage is a sacred herb to the North American Indians and its used for purification, healing and cleansing. Sage carries the virtues of strength and wisdom while it banishes evil, it is valued as an aromatic herb and burned as incense.
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. In addition to being burned as incense, white sage has medicinal uses. Some Native American tribes used white sage to treat coughs and colds, or added to a sweat bath as a general tonic and fever reliever. Burning leaves have been used to fumigate a house or dwelling after a contagion, and to purify the air during illnesses. White ceremonial sage also has been used as a hair rinse and a deodorant poultice to reduce body odor. It is a very strong anti-inflammatory when taken as a tea or infusion, and may help reduce ulcerative symptoms.
Precautions - White sage should not be ingested by women who are pregnant.