Wildcrafting Wednesday is back!
Today, we talk about Artemisia Tridentata – yep, sagebrush is not a salvia
Sagebrush is about as New Mexican as you can get. This fragrant, silver lace found crossing clay-crusted mesas and prairies. All along the Great Basin – from Canada nearly to the Gulf of Mexico – this plant offers up its antimicrobial properties to any who know its secrets. Sagebrush is used ceremonially amongst Native Populations as well as medicinally.
The plant can be identified by its aromatic scent (sage-like, thus the misnomer) and silvery multitude of tiny spear-shaped leaves, clustered amongst flower buds of the same hue. The plant can be harvested all year long, but during the Autumn, when it begins to bloom and burst its potent pollen, one may want to save their sinuses and wait till winter.
To harvest, select a handful of four to six inch branches and either wrap tightly in a bundle with some natural string for burning or spread them out on a towel or basket if you plan to grind or use for tea.
That’s it, folks. Join us next week for Wildcrafting Wednesday!