Home

Salvia apiana - White Sage

Welcome to Sagewinds Farm!

We are an organic farm raising native White Sage (Salvia apiana) using sustainable agricultural practices. We are located in beautiful Bankhead Springs, California, in eastern San Diego County. If you would like to visit us, just give us a call! Click here to see a map and driving instructions. Scroll down to read more about White Sage, and about who we are, what we do here, and how we came to do it. Or, click on the links and pictures below to find extraordinary White Sage products including body butter, sage oil, hydrosol, tinctures, smudge sticks, and hand-crafted trays and burners!

Organic Certification

Sagewinds Farm is now Certified Organic

With certification from both the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) and the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) we are now the only certified organic growers of White Sage in the United States. That means when you purchase White Sage products from us you can be assured that everything is grown and produced sustainably and organically.

White Sage in the field

Our new collie Blanca.

Copper Tray

White Sage Smudge Sticks are made with sustainably grown Salvia apiana, and hand wrapped with tie-dyed hemp cord. These are beautiful sage bundles, ample in size, and great for ceremonial burning or just everyday smudging.

Click on the picture to purchase sage sticks!

Bottled Essential Oil

Essential Oil of Saliva apiana is distilled on our farm from our White Sage. We distill only from sage leaves that are sustainably harvested from plants that have reached full maturity for maximum production of oils. White Sage Oil is bottled in several sizes.

Click on the picture to purchase Essential Oil.

Sage Products

White Sage Personal Products are all created with White Sage from our farm. It is grown, harvested, cured, blended, distilled and packaged here by local people. Sustainable agricultural products that are sure to please!

Click on the picture to see all White Sage Products.

<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

Our Story

When Ken and Ellen moved to their 40-acre ranch in the high desert of San Diego County, they took particular interest in a plant that is natural to the region called White Sage, or Salvia apiana. It is also known as “Bee Sage”, “Magic Sage”, and “Sacred Sage”.

In the Western hemisphere White Sage grows naturally only in Southern California and Northern Baja, Mexico. In many places in Southern California it has been wild harvested to bare survival. Ken and Ellen wanted to cultivate and sustain White Sage without further damage to the environment. Many of their plants were started by Ellen as seedlings from a wild patch growing on their farm. They soon discovered that even with all their combined experience in growing plants, growing Salvia apiana defied every move. It took 3 years of trial and error to learn the special qualities of how to get this mysterious plant to respond to their efforts.

Sage  seeds

Sage smudge bundles

Sage plant

White Sage (Salvia apiana) has many excellent qualities. It has traditionally been used around the world by every culture that came in contact with it, especially in ceremonies with an emphasis on purification. This power to purify is said to be released from the plant by the burning of the leaves, which are typically bundled into a wand or stick. Native Americans in the area consider White Sage as a part of their religion. In the old traditions, there were many uses for this plant: seeds were ground into a flour and used for mush; leaves were used for flavoring in cooking; leaves were also eaten, smoked or used in a sweathouse as a remedy for colds; seeds were also used in an eyewash to cleanse the eyes; and leaves were crushed and mixed with water to create a hair shampoo, dye and straightener.

White Sage is also used medicinally. It is believed to be beneficial for skin abrasions, irritations and infections. It can be made into a tea, which decreases sweating, salivation, and mucous secretions in the sinuses, throat, and lungs. Cold tea can be a good stomach tonic, while a lukewarm tea is good for treating sore throats. Since it can also decrease lactation, nursing mothers are advised not to use it.

Note: For educational purposes only, This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

White Sage Products: We grow Salvia apiana in a sustainable manner on a 40-acre farm in eastern San Diego County, at the center of the small natural range of this rare and elusive plant. We cultivate and grow plants to their maturity in their natural habitat. No plant is harvested until it is at least 3 years old. Contrast ‘wild crafters’ who come from all over the U.S. to go out into the Southern California wild areas (often on public lands) to harvest and cut back the native growth of Salvia apiana for sale on an international market. The depradations of the ‘wild crafter’ along with other environmental stresses, such as drought, has every year put native Salvia apiana more in jeopardy of survival.

Our White Sage, on the other hand, is sustainably harvested as the plants themselves continue to thrive and grow. We make White Sage smudge stick bundles in two sizes. The sage is properly dried and wrapped with decorative tie-dyed hemp string. We also sell the hand-dyed  hemp string that we use.

Here in this dry Southwest climate, we have developed a White Sage Body Butter, that has proved to be an effective moisturizer and soother that can be used daily on the skin.

We also distill Essential Oil of Salvia apiana, and make several products, including 3 sizes of bottled essential oil, a tincture and a hydrosol of White Sage oil. Please see our Products page for more information.