Big Sagebrush Smudge Stick (Bynke)
Desert sage (artemesia tridentata) covers much of the high desert and plains areas of the Western States of America.
Sage is a plant of the category artemisia, a kind of mugwort. Sage is an indispensable incense for the North American Indians and shamans. It is a strong essence for clearing rooms and it protects from negative energies. Its scent is intensively herbaceous and warming.
As well as being burned, desert sage is often held, worn or kept with sacred objects to ward off negative influences.
Native American tradition says that wherever sage is, evil spirits cannot enter.