The Desert Sage Conundrum
We have finally found an ethical, sustainable producer for Desert Sage (Salvia Apiana)! In recent years, the practice of smudging has exploded on the scene and almost driven Salvia Apiana to endangered status. With this in mind, we have chosen to carefully pick where ours came from. We carry both the herb and the essential oil, and since it is such potent medicine you don't need very much to achieve the desired effect.
Not to be confused with Sage 1,8 Cineole (Salvia Lavandulifolia), Desert Sage has been used as a sacred medicine by First Peoples for millennia. Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry analysis of its properties show it contains Camphor, 1,8 Cineole and a handful of monoterpenes. When looking at these, we can draw the conclusion that Desert Sage has antifungal, antiseptic and an astringent action on our body's systems.
The Latin name for Sage, "Salvia," stems from the word "salvus" which means "healing." It seems to be no accident that we refer to intelligent people as "sage."