All about Sage

Last week I listened to an elder from one of the original peoples of the land now called Canada speak about sage and its many benefits. He shared that the women are the keeper of the sage and use it often in ceremonies by medicine women. In their tradition, sage is utilized for its cleansing and protective powers and is frequently present in their smudging ceremonies. Do you know that there are different types of sage? White sage (Salvia apiana) is the one used traditionally in ceremonies.

Do you know the medicinal uses of sage?

Sage (Salvia officinalis) or garden sage has many wonderful uses and could almost be called a “cure all”. It is astringent (tightens or shrinks tissue), expectorant (helps the body remove excess mucus from lungs), aromatic (strong scent), emmenagogue (stimulates blood flow/menstruation), stimulant (increases energy in the body), stomachic (strengthens and tones the stomach as well as improves digestion), antiseptic, nervine (supports the nervous system), antispasmodic (eases cramps), vermifuge/anthelmintic (kills or expels intestinal worms) tonic, diuretic (helps to remove excess liquid by stimulating urination).

In addition to this, sage is an excellent companion in the kitchen as it relates to seasoning. It is also used as

  • a rinse, or gargle for inflammation or ulcers in the mouth, or throat, 
  • a tonic to improve memory, headaches, anxiety, depression and confusion, 
  • hormonal support to reduce hot flashes in menopause, and to reduce breast milk production.

Sage has been used to remove dandruff and darken greying hair

The recommended dosage is 1 teaspoon (dried sage) to 1 cup hot water. Steep for about 10 minutes and enjoy. Tea should be had cold if being used to dry up breast milk or to reduce sweating (taken hot it increases sweating and cools the body which is helpful in cases of a fever).

Why not include sage as a regular part of your existence? After all, it is more than just a fad. After all, in certain traditions a person who has attained wisdom is referred to as a sage…hmmm, there could be something there…get to know Sage.