Salvia Apiana is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, being found mainly in the coastal sage scrub habitat of Southern California and Baja California, on the western edges of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. White sage is considered sacred by many Native Americans; it is used to make smudge sticks, that is used "to smoke" a space. White sage is believed to cleanse a space of any evil spirits or 'negative' energies that may be present. This power is said to be released from the plant by the burning of the leaves, which are typically bundled into a wand or stick. In addition to being practiced among many Native American tribes the practice of burning white sage for smudging has also been adopted by several modern spiritual/magical traditions.