This is a garden essential for me. Sage is a timeless aromatic grows in one of my sacred garden spots. It's filled with volatile oils, making extremely medicinal in addition to its culinary value. It’s a gorgeous hedge looking herb in the summer and just rubbing the leaves through my hands calms me. Sage is a plant that is wise and powerful. I use it during the fall winter for sore throats as a gargle, spray or tea, for excess sweating including menopause, oral health as a tooth powder and for digestion as a tea.
Also I love using garden sage for smudging. Although I do use white sage and sell it at the shop, I make smudge bundles with my garden sage. It does have a similar aroma and when your smudging, it is the intention that counts. I I know this is woo-woo but ask your plant if it would like to help you clear energies or space and then listen. I also use yarrow, eastern cedar, lavender, mullein and seasonal flowers to create smudging sticks.
Make the fresh or dried herb as a tea with a little fresh lemon juice and honey after dinner to help with digestion. Also if your growing sage, add sprigs of it to your roast veggies and meats. It's really strong so a little bit will do you.
Traditional Medicinal Uses: So many to list (honestly it goes on and on) but main uses include fungal treatments (see recipe below for a powerful foot bath),digestion excessive sweating, sore throats, colds and flu, oral care, hot flashes, boost brain function, lowering cholesterol and to support type 2 Diabetes. See below for herbal nerd alert.
Energy and Manifesting: Smudging is an ancient practice that I love. I often refer to the plants as our grandmothers and grandfathers of spirit, they know what we need and I cleanse my space almost every day to make sure that or any negativity. Sage in particular, I burn when I need to rid the body and fields of conflict, anger, illness or evil. It also is used for purification of space and use when to shift directions or after directions shift for you (illness, death, moving, negative person or thing).
Sage Foot Soak to help with athlete’s foot, tired feet, sore or swollen feet, smelly feet, diabetic foot sores and more.
Add 1 cup of fresh or dried sage and a ½ cup fresh or dried sage to a container that can hold your feet. Add enough boiling water to cover your feet and let the herbs steep in the water until the temperature is cool enough to safely soak your feet. Soak your feet in the herbal water for 15-30 minutes.
Parts used: traditionally aerial portions
Energetics: warming, drying
Plant properties: aromatic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, antiseptic, alterative or blood mover
How to use: tea, tincture, tooth powder, foot bath, steam and culinary
Notes on usage: When NOT to use sage medicinally: during any part of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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