If you go to any spiritual person, For what ever reason it may be, Sage will come up. For good reason, It is an amazing herb used to cleanse a space or person of negative energy. But I think we depend to highly on it when there are other alternatives (That work better)
Sage is not the cure all of herbs. To be honest, There is no one herb for every cleaning occasion. Some situations are more intense than others. For example. Sage would be appropriate to burn to cleanse a crystal you plan to gift a friend. But sage wouldn’t be as effective cleansing a home of, Lets say a malevolent spirit.
With that being said there are plenty of other herbs you could use in the place of sage click here to see my full post on this matter
Lake Witch: Witches who live around a lake. They fish, befriend frogs, observe
wildlife, canoe or kayak in their spare time, and swim to feel grounded. They
may worship water/lake deities and study local lake lore.