Welcome to my website.
My name is Amanda Linette Meder.
I have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Horticulture and I’m also a professional psychic medium.
As a psychic medium who loves plants, I’m going to be discussing today one the harvest of one of my favorite plants.
The White Sage Dilemma
White Sage, also known as Salvia apiana, grows native in the state of California, but it can be found growing wild in the dry, upland areas of South Dakota, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. Variations of White Sage can also be in many of the other Western states.
With Sage becoming more and more popular among mainstream spirituality, some worry that with Sage’s growing popularity and the increase of people wanting to “sage” their homes and loved ones, that the wild Sage Plant itself will soon become endangered.
Sage does not have to become endangered in the wild.
Here’s what you can do:
White Sage Alternatives
Consider Switching to a Local Sage Equivalent.
Sage is spiritually clearing plant native to the Desert West
There are spiritually clearing plants native to ALL ecosystems in the entire world that act as equivalents to Sage and have done so, for thousands of years.
Juniper (Juniperus communis L.)
Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana L.)
Mesquite (Prosopis L.)
Northern Sweetgrass (Hierochloe hirta)
All of these species are the spiritual equivalent of Sage in their local ecosystem and region.
You can use each of these plants the same way you would use White Sage.
To help preserve White Sage and to get in touch with your native area, I suggest switching to the spiritual herb of your region. Get local, right? Right.
If you do buy White Sage, make sure your source focuses on sustainable or a spiritually honoring harvest of the Sage Plant.
White Sage Sustainable Harvesting Guidelines
If you choose to wild harvest your own White Sage, make sure you follow these guidelines:
Find out where Sage grows wild. Visit USDA Plants to find the native ranges of all White Sage species by entering the common name in the search bar.
Find out where you can legally harvest. You can wild harvest in most public forests, in fact, the USFS has put out a sustainable harvest guide. Check it out.
Try to limit your harvest to the active growing season. This will give the Sage plant time to recover from the stress of pruning before the dormancy period. Sage’s active growing season is May-September.
Snip NEW growth only. Plants are least stressed when you prune the newest growth. In addition, when you take just the newest growth, you’ll be snipping the most fragrant, potent part of the plant.
Snip, don’t rip! Use a sharp blade to harvest your sage. Jagged cuts and rips create pockets for bacteria to populate - meaning - plants, just like humans, have a higher risk of infection from jagged cuts. Keep sage plants healthy for future generations by clean cutting.
Never take more than 20%. More than 20% pruning, can increase the biological stress levels of the plant to an unsafe level. Think about it. If someone cut off more than your arm at any one time, would you be stressed?
Thank the plant. Offer your gratitude, show your respect and make sure to take some time honoring and exploring the Sage’s home environment. You’ll be glad you did. Many wild harvesters find that if they simply sit with the Sage, they receive, new intuitive insights. I personally think these are transmissions from the plant’s Spirit, but you be the judge.
These are the steps the horticulturist - medium’s guidelines for ethical and sustainable harvesting of White Sage!
Remeber, snip safely!