White sage has a sweet, pleasant aroma when burned. However, people don’t just burn white sage to make their place smell amazing. Rather, it is done to cleanse the place, an object or a person. White sage is still used up to the present times for smudging purposes.
A close relative of White Sage, Blue Sage is also good for healing and cleansing rituals. Its soothing, relaxing smell can be used to aid meditation, or burned simply for enjoyment. It’s not as pungent as White Sage, and is more agreeable to some folks who find the strong, bracing scent of White Sage overpowering. You can find Blue Sage in smudge sticks and in loose-leaf form.