Yerba Santa is at home in the South-western mountains of North America. The Spaniards named this herb for what it is - Yerba Santa means 'holy herb'. The Western tribes had long used it for medicinal and spiritual purposes. It is especially valued as a smudging herb for healing rituals as it is thought to neutralize disease causing energies and offer protection. It is thought to bring peace and understanding and is used to heal the emotional wounds of quarrels.
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.