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White Sage / Salvia apiana

White Sage: Details, Properties, Effects

Labiatae / Lamiaceae





Folk / Common Names:

California white sage, bee sage, smudging sage or sacred sage


Astringent, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-hidrotic, antispasmodic, blood tonic, hemostatic, galactofuge, ophthalmic.

Part(s) Used:

Leaf and flowers - both parts are used in my Flower Essence range.


Thujene 0.3%, Camphene 0.4%, Pinene 9.1%, Myrcene 0.5%, Carene 1.3%, Cymene 2.8%, Limonene 2.0%, 1,8-Cineole 71.6%, Pinene oxide 0.2%, Camphor 2.1% Terpinolenone 0.2% -Carophyllene oxide 0.6% ( reference )


The Native Americans had several uses for this plant: seeds were ground into a flour and used for mush; leaves were used for flavoring in cooking; leaves were also eaten, smoked or used in sweathouses as a remedy for colds; seeds were dropped into the eye and permitted to roll around under the eyelids in order to cleanse the eyes; and leaves were crushed and mixed with water to create a hair shampoo, dye and straightener. White sage is used medicinally. It can be made into a tea, which decreases sweating, salivation, and mucous secretions in the sinuses, throat, and lungs. Cold tea can be a good stomach tonic, while a lukewarm tea is good for treating sore throats. The leaves can also be used as a uterine hemostatic tea for heavy menstruation; however, since it can also decrease lactation, nursing mothers are advised not to use it. It is astringent, antispasmodic, antibiotic and antiseptic. It can be used for dysentry, to cleanse wounds and cuts , mouth ulcers, bleeding gums . It can be used as a gargle to treat Pharyngitis. It is as useful as a douche to treat thrush and is effective against Staphlococus . It can stop the flow of milk as does Sage (Salvia officinalis )

Majikal Uses:

White sage is considered sacred by many Native Americans since it is used to make smudge sticks. White sage cleanses a space of any negative energies that may be present. This power is released from the plant by the burning of the leaves, in a smudge stick. Today many People use the stems and leaves for smudging as part of purification ceremonies.


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