Not all sage plants are the same and sometimes the choice can be confusing. They all have different looks, scents, and uses.
California White Sage, Salvia apiana), also known as sacred sage, is an evergreen perennial native to the Southwestern United States. This potent herb has been used for centuries by Native Americans in rituals of cleansing and healing and is by far the most common type seen and used. It can be wrapped in a bundle or loose leaves and stems. It has pale leaves and a very strong scent when burned. White Sage is excellent for meditation, divination, smudging, cleansing and purification.
Blue sage, also known as Grandmother Sage or Mountain Sage. is less common and is generally considered milder in fragrance than white sage. It is a purifying herb with broad medicinal and magical applications. Blue Sage is widely used for cleansing and purification purposes. It provides spiritual strength and sometimes it is also used during exorcism rituals to remove the malevolent spirits.