I quit buying sage for smudging several years ago, and planted my own. My reason was because I could only verify that it was harvested respectfully from one source, and learned that a substantial portion of what is sold in stores and online, is taken from protected areas without permit, or care for the well being of the plant. They take the whole plant, not leaving anything to regenerate. Recently, in my own geological backyard, 4 people were caught in the preserve area, a protected area with no taking of plant material allowed, with 400 lbs of white sage they had decimated and planned to bundle and sell online.
Harvesting carefully, only a small amount from each plant, in open areas where there are no restrictions is the way this should be done. Not stripping all you can carry with no care for the wellbeing of the plants ability to continue existing.
I use the White sage to clear negativity, so positive can predominate. Once I knew some of the practices that supply some of the shops and online vendors was destroying the viability of the natural sage, it felt impossible to continue to buy without checking the sourcing. It would feel like starting with a negative.......
Please investigate where your White Sage is coming from, and care about not supporting unscrupulous sources.
Edited by Skywatcher, 29 June 2018 - 11:21 PM.