White Sage (Salvia apiana) grows natively only in the small region of Southern California / Northern Baja California, in the high desert between 1,000 – 3,500 ft. elevation. Yet this rare plant is central to many Native American religions of the Southwest. It is sought after in modern times by many peoples around the world who have come to recognize the special qualities of Salvia apiana.
We grow our plants from seed or cuttings in a pasture on our land in eastern San Diego County. The plants are allowed to reach full maturity and are only harvested after being established at least 3 years. There are some growers to the North who cultivate Salvia apiana as an annual crop, harvest it, produce smudge sticks and perhaps even distill some essential oil. But the crop is necessarily a young, immature crop and must be re-planted in early spring for harvesting the following summer. These producers may have essential oil only 3 months of the year, then run out. We are growing fields of established White Sage plants that are increasing in size while being continually harvested in a sustainable way. We have essential oil as well as smudge sticks and other White Sage products year round.
*A note on the distillation process. We distill the oil in small batches here on our farm from Salvia apiana plants that we grow. We guarantee that our product is pure unadulterated essential oil of White Sage. We have had some requests for a chemical analysis of our essential oil of Salvia apiana. Unfortunately the cost of laboratory analysis is such that we would have to greatly increase our prices. An analysis of White Sage oil is available for purchase from Wiley Press online. The customer is welcome to make your own chemical analysis to satisfy yourself.