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Badlands Sage Smudge Bundles

Badlands Sage Smudge Bundles

Artemisia cana

A different variety of sage collected from Interior, South Dakota. We call it "Badlands Sage" because Interior is right next to Badlands National Park. The common name for this species is Silver Sagebrush. It is said that the Lakota use this ceremonially as a protection against evil influences by burning and for making bracelets from it for the Sun Dance (from Grassland Plants of South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains, South Dakota State University). These bundles tend to be relatively long averaging 16-18 inches in length and about 1¼ inches wide. Badlands Sage smudge bundles are made for us by a Lakota family in the summer months from sage they wildcraft on their land.



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6000-009-001 One-Size $7.95 ea
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$6.95 ea
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Big Sagebrush Smudge Bundles

Big Sagebrush Smudge Bundles

Artemisia tridentata

Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) is one of the most frequently used sages by Native Americans. It is found throughout the West, Northwest, Southwest, and Plains states. It was used medicinally by the Cahuilla, Diegueño, Flathead, Havasupai, Hopi, Navajo, Paiute, Salish, Zuni and others. Treatments varied from burning the plant and inhaling the smoke to making teas, and poultices. The Cahuilla called it wikwat and made a tea from the leaves for stomach disorders. Both the Cahuilla and Paiute collected the seeds as a food source to make a type of flour. Big Sagebrush was also used by some tribes as a building material, fuel source, and a plant to make yellow dye. Ceremonially, it was used by various tribes to become spiritually clean.

Today, the plant is used for smudging in the same manner as other sages. The scent of Big Sagebrush is often associated with the "West" because of its widespread presence in western plateaus and regions. When dried in bundles, it has a somewhat “dusty sage” scent. But in the wild, if you are fortunate enough to experience a warm summer afternoon thunderstorm, the air can be filled with the unmistakable aroma of Big Sagebrush!

If you’ve followed us for a while, you know we used to call this “Desert Sage”. But in the last few years, the marketplace has become completely confused with various names for this plant. It is being called Gray Sage, Blue Sage, Shasta Sage, Desert Sage, and undoubtedly many other names. We likely had a hand in starting all this by calling it Desert Sage in the early 1990’s. At the time, most sage available was either “white sage” (California White Sage - Salvia apiana) or “gray sage” (Big Sagebrush - Artemisia tridentata). We started offering sage we were obtaining from South Dakota which was also known as “white” or “gray” sage and that just confused everything. So we started calling this sage “Desert Sage” because in the west, it is most commonly found in the high desert ecosystems. So in an attempt to help prevent all the confusion, we now just call this by its common name, “Big Sagebrush.”

Our sage bundles are wildcrafted in California and average about 8 inches in length and 1½ inches in width.



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6000-002-001 8 inch $4.50 ea
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$3.95 ea
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California White Sage / Juniper Smudge Bundles

California White Sage / Juniper Smudge Bundles

Salvia apiana / Juniperus sp.

Blended California White Sage and Juniper smudge bundles add variety to your smudging and incense practices. When burned, the strong scent of the broad leaf California White Sage is believed to ward off bad spirits, feelings, and energies. It is said that among the Cheyenne, juniper needles were sometimes burned to remove fear of thunder. Both the white sage and juniper is wildcrafted in California.



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6000-028-001 9 inch $4.50 ea
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California White Sage / Juniper Smudge Bundles - Minis

California White Sage / Juniper Smudge Bundles - Minis

Salvia apiana / Juniperus sp.

Blended California White Sage and Juniper smudge bundles add variety to your smudging and incense practices. When burned, the strong scent of the broad leaf California White Sage is believed to ward off bad spirits, feelings, and energies. It is said that among the Cheyenne, juniper needles were sometimes burned to remove fear of thunder. Both the white sage and juniper is wildcrafted in California. These are mini bundles and average about 4½ inches long and 1¼ inches wide.



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6000-028-002 4 inch $1.95 ea
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$1.50 ea
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California White Sage Smudge Bundles

California White Sage Smudge Bundles

Salvia apiana

California White Sage is unique among all the sages in the world. Its broad leaves grow in beautiful flower-like clusters that sit atop a silvery stalk. Its scent is unmistakable with a strong, pleasant aroma that evokes the chaparral environment of the mountains of Southern California, the habitat where California White Sage is found. The Cahuilla, a Native American tribe that lived in what is now San Diego and Riverside counties, called white sage qas’ily and used its seeds to make a type of flour. They also used white sage as a cure for colds, preparing the leaves in various manners. It is also known that white sage was burned, the smoke being used to purify objects.

Today, the strong scent of California White Sage is prized for use in smudging, and when burned, is believed to purify people, places, and objects. All of our white sage is wildcrafted from plants growing in the wild. The families we work with work hard to collect the best sage they can find and finely craft our smudge bundles in various sizes. Our sage bundles are offered by size and are graded by approximate length and width. Because each bundle is hand-crafted, there will always be variation.

For fall and winter 2014-2015, white sage availability will be limited. California will soon enter its fourth year of continuous, severe drought. While white sage thrives in a dry environment, it does need rain to grow in abundance. The lack of rain has restrained plant growth and made it hard for our families to find enough plants that can be sustainably harvested to meet demand. During this period, some smudge bundle sizes may not be available.



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6000-006-001 9 inch $4.50 ea
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$3.95 ea
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California White Sage Smudge Bundles - Minis

California White Sage Smudge Bundles - Minis

Salvia apiana

California White Sage is a broad leaf sage and is prized for its strong scent. When burned during smudging, it is believed to purify people, places, and objects. All of our white sage is wildcrafted from the coastal mountains of Southern California. Our mini white sage bundles average about 4 x 1½ inches and are great for one-time use.



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6000-006-002 4 inch $1.75 ea
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$1.50 ea
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$1.25 ea
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Cedar Smudge Bundles

Cedar Smudge Bundles

Cedar has long been used by Native Americans for ceremonial and medicinal uses. It is most often burned as incense and the smoke is said to attract good spirits and eliminate negative energies. It is frequently used in the sweat lodge ceremony where a few pinches of cedar needles are thrown on the red-hot rocks, immediately sparking into a yellow glow and releasing their aroma. The Plains Apache would burn cedar to repel ghosts, believing that ghosts disliked the smell and would not come near. Among the Pawnee, it is said that cedar smoke was used as a remedy for nervousness and bad dreams. Cedar was also believed to have protective properties and it is said that cedar boughs were placed on tipi poles to ward off lightning.

Our cedar is wildcrafted in Oregon. The large bundles are about 9 inches long and 1½ inches wide.



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6000-003-001 9 inch $4.50 ea
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$4.25 ea
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$3.95 ea
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Dakota Sage Smudge Bundles

Dakota Sage Smudge Bundles

Artemisia ludoviciana

Prized by the Plains Indians for ceremonial and medicinal usage, Artemisia ludovicana is known by many names… white sage, grey sage, wild sage, prairie sage, wormwood, Cudweed Sagewort, Louisiana Sagewort, and others. The Cheyenne are said to call this “man sage” (hetane’-vano ?estse) and the Dakota called it “flat medicine” (pezhihota blaska). We call it Dakota Sage because most of our sage is wildcrafted for us by Lakota families in South Dakota.

Its medicinal qualities are said to be good for treating headaches, coughs, stomach disorders, and more. Additionally, because of its pleasant scent, it has been used to deodorize feet, made into pillows, and burned to drive away mosquitoes.

For ceremonial use, it is most often burned as incense, its smoke believed to have the power to drive away bad spirits or bad dreams had by a sick person. Objects were purified by being passed through the sage smoke. Sage was also sometimes rubbed against a person or object and it was widely used in many ceremonies including the sweat lodge and Sun Dance.

To use as an incense, take one or two sage sticks and pull through your fingers, stripping off the leaves. Roll the leaves between your hands making a small ball. Place the ball into your smudging container and light, blowing or fanning gently, creating the amount of smoke desired.

Our Dakota Sage bundles average about 11 inches in length and 4 inches at the top. They are loosely tied at the bottom. Wildcrafted by native families in South Dakota and Saskatchewan.



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6000-005-002 One-Size $4.50 ea
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$4.00 ea
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Juniper Smudge Bundles

Juniper Smudge Bundles

Juniperus sp.

Juniper was widely used by Native Americans as a medicinal plant. It was used to treat colds, as a cough medicine or as an aid to respiratory ailments by creating various decoctions made from the needles, twigs, or bark. Among the Cree, a poultice was made from the bark and applied to wounds for its believed antiseptic properties. Ceremonially, it is reported that the Cheyenne burned it as an incense to remove fear of thunder beings and also at childbirth to promote delivery. The Arapaho are said to have used a variety of juniper as a fragrance, grinding the needles for their scent.

Our juniper is wildcrafted in California. The bundles average 8-9 inches in length and 1½-2 inches in width.



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6000-008-001 8 inch $4.50 ea
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$3.95 ea
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Juniper Smudge Bundles - Minis

Juniper Smudge Bundles - Minis

Juniperus sp.

Juniper was widely used by Native Americans as a medicinal plant. It was used to treat colds, as a cough medicine or as an aid to respiratory ailments by creating various decoctions made from the needles, twigs, or bark. Among the Cree, a poultice was made from the bark and applied to wounds for its believed antiseptic properties. Ceremonially, it is reported that the Cheyenne burned it as an incense to remove fear of thunder beings and also at childbirth to promote delivery. The Arapaho are said to have used a variety of juniper as a fragrance, grinding the needles for their scent.

Our juniper is wildcrafted in California. The mini bundles average 4-5 inches in length and 1 inch in width.



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6000-008-002 4 inch $1.95 ea
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$1.75 ea
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$1.50 ea
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