Black sage (Salvia mellifera) also known as Mugwort, black Sagebrush, magical sage or even dream weed, is a small, highly aromatic, evergreen shrub of the genus Salvia native to California, and Baja California, Mexico. Sage, in general, is found on the southern California and some parts of northern California wild grown. The plants resemble other herb species which makes it difficult to identify. During the drought period, the leaves form sage darken dramatically, making it more confusing. Adding to the confusion black sage or Mugwort is difficult to identify as it readily hybridizes with blue sage and purple sage plants. Mugwort, common garden sage are also known to be an easy to grow alternatives to white sage in personal at home herb gardens.
How is black sage used at home?
- Encourage dreams and visions: Black sage is used to encourage visions and vivid dreams. When burned during or before bedtime, this herb aids pleasant dream and a restful sleep all through the night. For these and other reasons the herb is known as an herb of inner healing and introspection.
- Cleansing and purifying your space: It helps increase positive energy in your home by removing all the negative and harmful energies. Before smudging, you need to set your intentions. Make sure your mind focuses on what you want to achieve.
- Cleansing jewels and furniture: Apart from just cleansing your home or working space, Black sage can cleanse your jewelleries or furniture.
- Aromatherapy scent: Other people find Mugwort aromatherapy scent enticing. If there is a place in your home or office space that is susceptible to the foul smell, placing a sage stick will leave a refreshed scent.
How often should you burn black sage?
You can use it as often as you feel negative energies in your space or the energies in your home are no longer harmonious. Some people also carry them everywhere they go to help cleanse themselves as they move around.The Mugwort stick is a sacred herb associated with Artemis, a Greek moon goddess. The stick work overpowers other herb sticks including the white sage in its protective, cleansing and decluttering powers. The sage smudging spiritual benefits include inducing prophetic dreams, protection during shamanic journeying, astral travel, crystal grazing and other excursions.
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