Sage (salvia apiana) is from the latin word salvare, which means to heal. This natural, freshly picked white sage has long been used in smudging ceremonies. It is used to cleanse negativity from people, objects and dwelling places. When combined with desert sage it creates a double cleansing. The combination of the sweeter white sage, with the clean, crisp scent of desert sage is also helpful for easing aches and pains. Simply light tip, blow out flame, and waft the smoke. Extinguish in sand.