White Sage

- By: Aimee Regur

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White Sage, Salvia officinalis also known as Common Sage is native to the Mediterranean and Northern Africa. There is abundant ethnobotanical usage through out human history, with the first written account found in the Ebers Papyrus c1500 BCE.

Salvia apiana, also known as White Sage or Sacred Sage, has been celebrated as a plant for the “every day.” The Indigenous Chumash of California, used it as a daily as well as ritual tea for purifying the soul, to bring peace and calm to the mind and spirit. White Sage is also a traditional smudge, burned in a bundle to ward negativity and cleanse spaces and when inhaled it is used to bring on prophetic dreams. My favorite mode of smudging with Sage is to work counterclockwise around the room, focusing on doorways, windows and mirrors to banish negative energy. If I am bringing in good healing energy to a space I work the same way, but clockwise. Traditional medicinal uses are similar to the use of Salvia officinalis. Note that Sacred Sage is a threatened species and endemic to California.

The essential oil of sage used in aromatherapy and in body care products as a very potent medicine for uplifting the spirit and relieving symptoms of depression, specifically when grief is manifested. It is effective as an anti-cellulite treatment, for aching muscles, viral infections and poor circulation. It is important to note that it needs to be used in small doses as high doses have a level of toxicity from the ketones, active chemical constituents. I often use White Sage essential oil to anoint my sacred spaces when invoking the sacred masculine.

What is in a name? Salvia stems from the Latin root Salvare, to save, or to heal, such as reflected in the word salve, a medicinal healing ointment or Salvage, meaning to rescue. The word Sage, comes from Middle English meaning to be wise. Often men who are referred to as sages are revered mystics, with higher understanding of the world, internal and external. In the Spirit of Herbs Tarot by respected herbalist Michael Tierra, Sage is associated with the High Priest V of the Major Arcana. The High Priest is our own inner guide, representing both practical and spiritual knowledge, he and sage grounds us and helps us clear our minds and souls to reach our infinite potential.

The ancient Egyptians and Greeks used this popular culinary spice to stop bleeding, heal ulcers, treat sore throats, to maintain gum and tooth health, as a compress for wounds, and in treating excessive sweating and bleeding. In modern times, Common Sage is used to dry up mother’s milk during the weaning process, treat excessive sweating associated with the menopausal transition and is a popular culinary spice used not only for its savory flavor, but also as a carminative to expel gas from the stomach. Modern scientific research has also found that the essential oil can be used as an inhalation to treat chronic bronchitis, enhance mood and cognitive function. Trials from 2003 showed the effectiveness of alcohol extracts of Salvia officials in treating mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, increasing cognitive performance and enhancing mood!

“Salvia salvatrix, naturae conciliatie.”
-Salvia savior, natural conciliator