Prairie Sage is a pretty important staple for spellcrafting and smudging, and I am super lucky that very near my house is a vast coulee filled with sagebrush! My daughter and I have been out twice now this season to harvest and will probably go once more again before the end of the summer. We should have plenty until next year! Incidentally, my daughter sings the plants “thank you sage plant songs” lol. Now I am sure you are imagining that she is around 5 or 6, but in fact – she is turning 20 next week lol. It was very entertaining, and I am sure the plants enjoyed it too.
Sagebrush, an aromatic shrub -native to the North American west, is the common name of several woody and herbaceous species of plants in the genus Artemisia. There are a ton of them, and honestly, I am not sure which variety exactly I have near me as some of them look very similar. It’s leaves are a silvery greenish blue – velvety and aromatic.
Garden Sage Is Not Sagebrush!
Don’t be confused by garden sage. Sagebrush or prairie sage is not even related to garden sage. Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis) is in the mint family and Sagebrush (Artemisia) is part of the Daisy and Ragweed family. These are two very different herbs, despite their similar name.
Get You Some Sagebrush:
- Make sure you have found the correct plant!
- Cut one or two pieces from each plant – never pull by the roots!
- Leave an offering if you can.
- Thank the plants for their gift.
Note: Try to collect sage that is not too seedy. Near the end of July it tends to get seedier. It will still smudge fine – but it’s better without all the seeds!
What to do with it after you have harvested?
I am sure there are a gazillion natural uses for sagebrush, however as I am not very familiar with it’s internal safety use or how safe it is on skin in salves and such so I personally only use it for smudging, in spell bottles, or incense.
- Use it for spellwork
- Cleanse the air, yourself or your tools via smudging