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Desert Sage

Artemisia tridentata

desert sage

Aromatic Note: Base to middle note


A woody shrub species of the Artemisia family.

This is the traditional desert sage used in Native American incense.

Desert sage is used extensively in incense smudges and wands.

It’s often confused with white sage, which is less widely found in North America and was used primarily by southwestern North American tribes during sweat lodges.

Threatened Species Alert: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species now includes this species, Artemisia tridentata.

Status: Least Concern. See IUCN.


Family: Asteraceae

Synonyms: basin sagebrush, big sagebrush, common sage, sagebrush

Origin: northern temperate regions, South America, South Africa

Parts Used: dried leaves

Aroma Description: herbaceous aroma with slight underlying fruity notes

Cosmetic Uses: used in sachets, powders

Culinary Uses: none known

Medicinal Attributes: bitter, warming herb that improves digestion and liver function, relaxes spasms, and destroys intestinal worms

Essential Oil: none known

Mixes Well With: bay laurel, burgundy pitch, cedar, copal, hyssop, juniper, lavender, lemon grass, marjoram, mastic, mugwort, pine, rosemary, sage-white, sweet grass, thyme, lemon peel, orange peel, etc.

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