Why are we not restocking white sage and palo santo?
White Sage and Palo Santo are Sacred Plants to the Indigenous community. It is traditionally utilized by Indigenous communities during rituals and other cultural celebrations. Due to the rise in its trend and overharvesting, the plants are now as risk of becoming endangered. It took a very long time for Indigenous communities to be able to legally perform their cultural practices, which includes smudging. It became clear to us that restocking items that are sacred to marginalized communities and have been wildly appropriated is not what we stand for. Please remember that "smudging" is a closed practice, but smoke cleansing is not.
Where are you donating the proceeds?
We previously had a limited supply of White Sage and Palo Santo. Any profits we made from these items in 2019, 2020, 2021 were all donated to the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA). They are dedicated to serving Indigenous families in South Dakota who suffers from food insecurity and hunger. Click here to read more about their organization.
In January 2022, we donated over 17 pounds of the remaining White Sage and Palo Santo to the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills chapter, which will supply this sacred medicine to elders on their reservation.
What are some alternatives white sage and palo santo?
Smudging is a closed practice, however smoke cleansing is not.
You can cleanse with almost anything. Crystals such as selenite and black tourmaline can be placed in a room to cleanse a space. Bells and singing bowls can also be used as a cleansing tool. If you are looking for something to burn to smoke cleanse, then incense and/or any bundles of herbs such as rosemary and eucalyptus are great substitutes. If there are any questions, please chat with us using the chat icon and we can help find the best alternative for you!