Sage (Salvia Officinalis)
Other names: Garden Sage, Greek Sage, Meadow Sage, Sawge, ,
Red Sage, Sage spice and Dalmatian Sage
Parts used: Leaves, whole herb
Powers: Domestic virtue, wisdom, skill, esteem, fertility, longevity, wishes, wisdom, protection, money attraction, purification, healing, and health magick.
Cautions: Do not use if pregnant. Contains thujone, which can
trigger fits in epileptics, who should avoid this herb
Description: Perennial, branching, evergreen shrub. Grows to 3 feet in height. Square (mint family), wooly, woody stems near base. Leaves are 2-inch ovals, velvety, gray-green with long stalks.
Flowers can be pink, white, blue or purple. Intensely aromatic oil when leaves are rubbed.
Magikal: : Sage is used in healing amulets, incenses, and sachets, and is also used in the same manner for bringing prosperity. Sage burned at the altar or in sacred space consecrates the area. Burned in the home, it removes impurities and banishes evil, as well as providing protection.Sage is used for fertility, longevity, wishes, wisdom, protection, money attraction, purification, healing, and health magick. Sage that is being gathered for magickal use should not be cut with a metal knife or athame. It is said that if you eat Sage you will become more wise and also immortal. Sage is often an herb used at handfastings since it will help bring about a long life and domestic virtue for the happy couple. Sage can be added to almost any healing spell. A good healing amulet may be made by putting a clove of Garlic, a bit of Eucalyptus and Cinnamon, two pinches of Sage and one pinch of Saffron into a small blue bag. This bag can then be worn or carried to promote healing. Sage can also be placed in with Tarot cards or Runes to protect and keep them 'clean'. Sage can be used for attracting money and for wish manifestations.
One of the most common magickal uses of Sage is as a purifier of sacred spaces, living areas, and magickal tools. Sage is often used as a main ingredient in "Smudgesticks"and "herb bundles. If you can gather and dry your own wild Sage for smudging, do so. Native Americans believe that Sage should never be bought or sold, as this ruins the spirituality of the herb. To purify a house of unwanted spirits or energy, just light a sprig of dried Sage and carry it from room to room, visualizing any negativity being replaced by the purifying fragrance of the Sage. Another way to do this is to burn Sage in a incense bowl and then brush the smoke around the room by using a feather as a fan.
*Write your desired wishes on a leaf of sage and sleep with it under
your pillow for three nights, if you dream your wish, it most likely
*Smudging for purification
*Offerings to Deities
*Good all-purpose Amulet: One peeled clove of garlic, a pinch of
eucalyptus, a pinch of cinnamon, two pinches of SAGE, one pinch of
saffron. Sew up in blue cloth and anoint with sandalwood oil. Carry
at all times till problem is gone.
Cultivation: The Garden Sage succeeds best in a warm and rather dry border, but will grow well almost anywhere in ordinary garden soil; it thrives in a situation somewhat shaded from sunshine, but not strictly under trees.Propagated from seeds. Plant 1/2" deep in spring. Takes 2 years for good growth from seed. Also take 4" plant cuttings in fall to plant in spring. Requires good drainage and full sun. Water well till established. Replace plants every 3 - 4 years. If winter temperatures fall below 0, mulch in fall. Harvest leaves before flowers open by cutting back to 4" above ground. Leaves can be harvested throughout the summer. Harvest for cooking in the morning, after dew has dried and aromatic oils are at their strongest Harvest for Magik at noon for peak solar energy or at midnight for
peak lunar energy. For Abundance or Health, harvest during Waxing Moon, for Banishing or protection during Waning Moon.
Medicinal: Sage is used to relieve excess mucous buildup. It is beneficial to the mind by easing mental exhaustion and by strengthening the concentrating abilities. In a lotion or salve, it is useful for treating sores and skin eruptions, and for stopping bleeding in all cuts. Chewing the fresh leaves soothes mouth sores and sore throats, as will sage tea. It is good for all stomach troubles, diarrhea, gas, flu and colds. As a hair rinse, it removes dandruff. Sage combined with peppermint, rosemary, and wood betony provides an excellent headache remedy. It is used to regulate the menstrual cycle, to decrease milk flow in lactating women, aids in treating hot flashes, and is used as a deodorant.
Sage has some anti-spasmodic properties and can be used in treating digestive complaints. Sage also has anti-bacterial properties and can sooth and aid in the healing of a sore throat. Rub fresh leaves on stings and bites. Or crush some fresh leaves into cuts and scrapes on the way to thoroughly washing and bandaging them In cases where heat is required, Sage has been considered valuable when applied externally in bags, as a poultice and fomentation
*20 grams Leaves to 50 ml Water for tonic and liver stimulant
*Improves digestive function and circulation in debility
*Reduces lactation when weaning
*Relieves night sweats at the menopause
*Reduce salivation in Parkinson's disease
*Weak infusion for sore throats, tonsillitis, mouths ulcers, or gum
*Hair Rinse - Infusion used as hair rinse for: Dandruff and/or to
restore color to graying hair
Add Rosemary and Stinging Nettles to infusion to help darken the hair
Culinary: Originally used to preserve meats. Use in stuffing, on poultry and in spaghetti sauces. Sage is used as a spice in many recipes, particularly in poultry recipes.