Our word sage comes from the Latin salvia, which reveals ancient respect for this herb. Its dried sprigs were burned to purify a temple or religious ritual elsewhere because Greeks and Romans believed its smoke imparted wisdom and brainpower. Arab physicians thought sage induced immortality, or at least long life. White sage is sacred to Native Americans who burn it in smudge pots or smudge sticks to purify a ritual space or new abode. New Age spiritual smudge sticks are composed of sage. This herb is still believed to have such magical power, some people carry its leaves in their wallet to promote financial gain, or burn the leaves to increase wisdom or reach the wisdom of their spirit guide. They say you can make a wish, write it on a sage leaf, hide that leaf under your pillow, and if you dream about your wish during the next three nights, it will come true.
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