White sage is one of those herbs that has been touted around the witchy world for years and years. Everyone and their mother (it seems) think that this is THE herb to go to for cleansing and clearing.
What many people don’t know is that in recent years is that white sage, which is a native to California, is on the verge of going extinct.
Due to the droughts and over harvesting – much to do with New Age folks utilizing it like there’s no tomorrow – it might go away for good.
I really don’t want this to happen, which is why I haven’t been utilizing it for…oh a good 6 or 7 months now.
*GASP* you say. How do I smudge you say. You blink at me with unbelieving eyes. “No SAGE?!”
Yup. No sage.
Never fear – Palo Santo to the rescue! Palo Santo is a wood that when lit and blown out, works like it’s own smudge stick.
It even has some of its own health benefits!
Palo Santo is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. This Essential Oil is great for Aromatherapy and can also be used during massage work to assist in healing.
Palo Santo can also be simmered in hot water and drank as a tea. Great for calming the immune and nervous systems for faster recovery of illness. In essential oil form, it is great for physical pain and inflammation containing high levels of D-Limonene and Monotropenes that are useful for cancer symptoms.
What’s better is that if you buy from the right sellers – it is 100% sustainable, and is only harvested from naturally fallen branches.
I also find that a palo santo stick (which costs me $1.00 at my local witchy shop) lasts a heck of a lot longer than a sage/herb bundle as well, since it’s a slower burning wood, instead of a leafy herb.
So, yeah. That’s why I don’t burn sage. I don’t want to contribute to potentially wiping out an entire plant species when there are other alternatives. On the plus side I find that Palo Santo smells better. I don’t dig the marijuana-like smell that comes from burning sage (or many other herbs for that matter.)
Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your suggestions and thoughts on this.