Juniper & Sage

Posted by Candice Covington on

Each region on earth has such a distinctive scent due to the flora that abounds and adds to the feeling and mythology of that place.  For example I now live in Oregon City and my days and nights smell like spruce, cedar, and damp.   

Where I was born is a very different story. Utah smells of juniper, sage and heat. My auntie has a cabin in central Utah in the high desert and I have many a happy memory of riding horses, camping, hiking and gathering pine nuts under the influence of these scents! 

E Abbey has a very old west way of sharing the poetry of how juniper and sage affected him: 

"The fire. The odor of burning juniper is the sweetest fragrance on the face of the earth, in my honest judgment; I doubt if all the smoking cedars of Dante's paradise could equal it. One breath of juniper smoke, like the perfume of sagebrush after rain, evokes in magical catalysis, like certain music, the space and light and clarity and piercing strangeness of the American West. Long may it burn.”- E Abbey

Juniper brings the gift of being lead by a power higher than yourself

Sage is famous for being deeply purifying and energetically cleansing 

Juniper is a dominate note in Primal Elements - Air
Sage is a dominate note in Primal Elements - Earth 

Both essential oils are organic imports from Canada. The sage I use is not 'kitchen' sage but Salvia apiana or wild sage often referred to as Napi sage. This variety is often wild harvested, dried, and used for smudging.

Blessings from my home to yours! 


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