Also known as Buffalo Sage, it is a favorite for smudging and blessing. This herb is truly a sage in the botanical genus of Salvia. Many of the plants that are sold as "Sage" are actually in the genus of Artemisia.
Our White sage (Salvia apiana, as are our other sages and all of our wild-crafted plants) are collected in an ethical manner with respect to the plant, to the land and to the land owners. Taos Herb Company and our trusted wild-crafters have been engaged in ethical wild-crafting since 1981. We love plants, we respect plants, we depend on plants and we must collect plants in a manner that ensures that this precious plant will still be there year after year.
Our White Sage is collected from private property with permission from the property owner and permission from the plant though prayers to the plant spirit. When white Sage is collected properly, which is done by snipping just the leaf clusters (and only about 30 percent of the leaf clusters from any single plant), the process actually stimulates more growth and increases the supply of White Sage. Snipping the leaf cluster (rather than tearing of whole branches or ripping up the entire plant) causes the stem to bifurcate (split into 2 new stems) which doubles the number of leaves.