Secwepemc name: Kéwku

Sage, along with sweetgrass, red cedar and tobacco, is one of the four plants considered sacred by Secwepemc and other First Nations Peoples.  White sage is used as a smudge and, depending on the particular culture, sage can be used in medicine pouches, spread over the floor of a sweatlodge, wrapped around sacred implements, used for healing, used to make bad spirits sick, purify people and dwellings, and for healing and calming.