Freshen Up with Coastal Sagebrush

Hiking is no easy feat! Have you ever gotten to that point when you’ve been hiking along the island and realized you smelled horrible? Next time grab some coastal sage to help freshen up!


Coastal Sage

Native to Catalina coastal sage, Artemisia californica, is one pretty amazing plant found here on the island! Nicknamed “Cowboy Cologne” due to its attractive smell, coastal sage has been used in a number of ways over the years. The native Tongva people would use the smell of coastal sage in order to keep insects out of their homes. Some would even brew this plant into a delicious tea!


Single Branch of Coastal Sage

Cowboys and ranchers also used coastal sage for its appealing smell. After roaming the island for a few weeks surrounded by dirt, sweat, and horses men would utilize cowboy cologne to help cover up how bad they smelled!


Coastal Sage & a Prickly Pear Cactus

Even us instructors utilize the smell produced by coastal sage! However coastal sage is not the only type of sage found on the island. Both white sage as well as black sage can be found throughout the island as well!

Author: Alex Feltes



We would like to thank you for visiting our blog. Catalina Island Marine Institute is a hands-on marine science program with an emphasis on ocean exploration. Our classes and activities are designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits. This blog is intended to provide you with up-to-date news and information about our camp programs, as well as current science and ocean happenings. This blog has been created by our staff who have at least a Bachelors Degree usually in marine science or related subjects. We encourage you to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Vine to see even more of our interesting science and ocean information. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or share our blog with others. Please visit for additional information. Happy Reading!