Botanical name: Salvia apiana
White Sage is an evergreen perennial shrub that is native to the south-western United States and north-western Mexico. Smudging, the burning of dried White Sage leaves, is an ancient Native American tradition, where White Sage is used to cleanse and purify a space or person of unwanted or negative energies.
White Sage can also be used as a tea for colds, sore throat, sinus congestion, indigestion or heavy menstruation. It is also valuable as a culinary spice, with similar flavour to garden sage.
It can also reduce bodily secretions (mucous, milk, sweat, etc.).
Preparation: As a tea: 1 tsp per cup, steep covered 10 minutes. For smudging: Place loose leaves on a saucer to burn, or burn sticks as is.
Reference: Deni Brown (2002), New Encyclopedia of Herbs & their Uses.
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White Sage Precautions
Avoid in pregnancy when breastfeeding, as it may reduce milk production (unless you are trying to wean your baby.)
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