Is White Sage and Sage Brush the Same?

Is white sage and sage brush the same? No, there are many varieties of sage, 600 or so varieties, all falling into the classification of Salvia. A typical use of sage in our world today is to use sage as a culinary ingredient. Sage has a slight peppery flavor. Beyond the use of sage in cooking there are many medicinal uses of sage: antibiotic, anti-fungal, astringent, antispasmodic, estrogenic, hypoglycemic, and others. The dried sage we use in cooking should not be considered to be medicinal as most kitchen spices and herbs have lost their essencial oil healing properties.

White Sage for Smudging Smoke

The sage used for sage smudging is white sage, grown primarily in a section of California. White sage is preferred because of its fragrant aroma, large white leaves, and ease of use. Several sprigs of white sage are bundled together and tied into a wand, and the end of the wand lit with fire then allowed to extinguish to produce smoke. The wand is then moved around the body, the room, or the area to release the smoke into the area.

Whether cooking, healing or blessing, sage has been a long-standing favorite in aromatic herbs!

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