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Please note that black sage should be very dark in color. Not green or light grey like other sages. This saliva is one of the most Aromatic sages, and is very underrated. It is truly one of our favorites to use in a cleanse. Also some people are calling black sage Mugwort, and they are not the same. Very different plants, so that information is incorrect.
Black sage is highly aromatic shrub that grows from 3-6 feet in height. This particular sage has a dark appearance, especially during the dry season. This plant is highly aromatic and is a common member of the coastal sage scrub of southern California.
Black sage is utilized in the culinary world as an aromatic and flavorful herb. It can be used in recipes wherever traditional sage is called for, however keep in mind that foraged Black sage has a much stronger flavor than that of traditional store bought sage. Its flavor maries well with winter squashes, brown butter, poultry, venison, pears, cheese, potatoes and other herbs such as rosemary and thyme. Use fresh in a variety of different preparations or leaves can be dried and stored for future use as a dried herb.
The Kumeyaay ground black sage seeds to produce a mush. This mush was mixed with water and eaten.
How to use: Light the end of the braid and wave out or blow the flame after a few moments. This will create the "smoke" that you use in your prayer, cleanse or meditation. You can also use the ash the bless or cleanse a space, person or home. You then will dab out the grass onto an abalone shell, or plate of your choosing. In our native culture, the shell represents the water, the grass is the earth, the fire is the fire and the smoke is the wind. This gives you all 4 elements in this sacred time.