How to Use White Sage Leaves


While garden sage is largely used for culinary purposes, white sage is traditionally used for curative purposes. Since before recorded time, Native Americans have been burning white sage leaves to purge sickness, bad spirits, negativity and physical sickness. In modern times, it is largely used for ceremonial purposes by Native Americans. However, wiccans and others still use it to purge homes and people of negative influences and energy.

Step 1

Use a smudge stick made of white sage leaves to purge yourself or your home of negativity. Light the end of the smudge stick and then blow the flame out. Place the smoldering end of the smudge stick in an abalone shell or other heat-resistant bowl. (Heat-cured clay bowls work well.) As the smoke builds up, fan it over the area or person you wish to purge, working from the ground up. Do not put the smudge stick out. It will burn until the negative energy is purged. Simply leave it in the bowl until it stops smoldering. (Monitor it to prevent any accidents.)

Step 2

Use white sage leaves to make tea. Crumble three dried leaves into an infuser, set it in your tea mug, pour boiling water in and allow it to steep for 10 minutes. Drink it to break a fever, induce sweating or treat general malaise. But do not drink more than one cup in a 24-hour period.

Step 3

Add white sage leaves (at least 1 ounce of dried leaves or as many as you desire) to your bath water for a soothing herbal soak.

Step 4

Add six sage leaves to a cup of boiling water and allow them to steep for 15 minutes. Then dip a lint-free cloth into the tea and rub it on as an antiperspirant, deodorant, eczema astringent or sore-muscle relaxant.

Things You'll Need

  • Lighter
  • Bowl
  • Tea infuser
  • Mug
  • Water


  • Medicine Garden: Sacred White Sage
  • Horizon Herbs: White Sage
  • United States Department of Agriculture: White Sage
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