While not everyone appreciates the pungent aroma of white sage, its highly flammable oils are why it’s the most popular for smudging in and around homes. Did you know it only takes 4 to 5 leaves to complete the ceremony? Smudge sticks are overkill, literally, as entire plants have been uprooted to make these sticks, and the intention of the harvester is unknown. It is so much better to grow your own sage, harvest with pure intentions, and leave the plant able to grow more leaves, to flower, and continue its journey, too.
About the Author:
Kay is a retired school teacher and holds a Certificate in Field and Nature Studies. She has a passion for botany, native plants and permaculture.