Taos Sage, or sagebrush, as it is sometimes called, is actually a type of Artemisia that grows profusely throughout the high deserts of the south-western United States. Artemisias have a remarkable reputation as sacred herbs throughout the world. They are widely used for purification rituals, protection and to facilitate astral travel. According to Native American tradition Artemisia is used to make bad spirits sick and to scare them away.
Since people first came together to honour the Gods and spirits of nature they used gums, resins and fragrant herbs to bring them closer to the divine beings and to give fragrant wings to their prayers. Every culture has their own sacred herbs that are particular to its region, yet, precious incense herbs and gums have also always been traded far beyond their country of origin.