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White Sage Smudge Stick


The clean yet earthy, round yet sharp, deep yet light aroma of the White Sage plant has come to define the connection that hundreds of generations have felt for the wild places of the West.

REGION: Desert

TRAIL NOTES: Campfire Tales

THE STORY: Ancient incense, sustainably harvested.

We’ve been going back to the exact same wild gardens, all on private land and with permission, since we started harvesting nearly 20 years ago.

SCENT NOTES: Beautiful leaf clusters and enormous flowering stalks burst forth in the spring, painting streaks of white against the rusty green hillsides.

A Campfire Fire Story

Some hippy ran off with Hall’s sleeping bag. And even though we all, especially Hall, take a who cares! approach, reminding each other that we’ve got plenty of food and an extra blanket, that it’s not worth stopping the trip over, his first night without a bag up on Pine Ridge is tough. He has to keep the fire going all night, warming rocks and swapping them out every few hours to keep warm enough for rest. At dawn, over coffee and oatmeal, we light white sage. We aren’t particularly spiritual people, but there is certainly something about this smoke, the peppery smell that seems to whisper energy to us, encouraging our resolve and tempering our stamina for the challenges to come. We always hike with it, this most regal of all our native salivas. You don’t even need that much to get you there, to that centered place of focus and relaxation, but some days you need more than others, so this morning we burned a lot. The heady mix of aromatic spice wafting from silver leaves defies easy description. Words like pure, earthy, desert-like— they don’t even come close. It is a deep and subtle energy that taps a deep and subtle place, and whatever you’d call it, the magic of the stuff lifts our spirits, especially Hall’s, who prepares for the next day of adventure with a smile on his face.

Wildcrafted dried White Sage (Salvia apiana) wrapped in organic cotton string. No hidden ingredients. No charcoal or perfume.

Light the end of the smudge stick with a lighter or a match, and allow smudge to smolder and fill your space with the resinous scent of California’s high deserts. Relight as desired. Have a bowl of sand nearby to extinguish. Be careful with fire and never leave the burning smudge stick alone.

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