A Sacred herb from Taos, New Mexico. Traditional elders say it can cleanse bad feeling and negative thought. White sage, Salvia apiana, has a long history of use in Indian purification ceremonies. The Indians burned sage leaves in smudge pots in the sweat lodges and homes and in wands to clear other areas. They believe that white sage transmutes negative energy to positive and dissipates disease and contagion. According to Eileen Nauman, author and Native American, the negative ions in the white sage attract and remove the positive ions that cloud and drain our lives.