|White Sage - Only for Smudging|
The smell surely conjures memories for you. Are they of Thanksgiving and Christmas? Treasured family gatherings? And by association, a sense of family, love and belonging? Perhaps it evokes indulgence or abundance. Did you know that this wonderful herb also has incredible medicinal qualities?
Traditional medicinal uses:
- Prevent & eliminate head colds
- Clear Sinuses, Soothe sore throats
- Speed immune response to flu
- Heal Lungs & Ease Asthma
- Promotes regularity, Combats Diarrhea
- Aids digestion, especially of fats
- Fights inflammation from Gastritis
- Tightens gums & Treats Gingivitis
- Improves sleep Quality
- Eases Anxiety, helps deal with stress
- Reduces profuse perspiration
- Helps wean babies: Slows milk flow/production
- Lessens menstrual pain
- Helps relax muscle spasms
Which Type of Product to Use?
Varieties of SageFor culinary and medicinal use you want to ensure that you use only Salvia Sages, see image 2 above. These Sages have pebbly-fleshed ovate leaves. Artemisia Sages on the other hand have white hairs on the backs of the ferny leaves, you may recognize this one more easily as it has an appearance much like White Sage (photo 1). These Sages are usually sold as a "smudge" herb (that is, an herb used for cleansing or protecting a home/space from unwanted or negative energy by burning it). White Sage is actually a Salvia Sage but it is too strong for use as a food or medicine.
How to use SageHere's the easy part: the simplest way to use Sage as a medicine is to drink a tea of Sage leaves. If you will be using fresh sage use a handful of leaves and stalks. Let it brew for about five minutes. For those of you making your tea with dried sage you only need 1-2 teaspoons. Crumbled leaves work best, ground sage can be difficult to make tea, but if that's all you have, just stir it directly into the boiled water in your mug. Either method of dried Sage tea only requires brewing of about 3 minutes.
Fresh sage tea is not likely to be bitter, but you can certainly sweeten or enhance the flavour if you prefer. Some of my favourite ways are: add a teaspoon of raw honey, or a slice of lemon, fresh ginger root or peppermint. Try out various combinations to see what works best for you - remember even raw honey is high in sugar and has a tremendous impact on the functioning of your taste buds and your bodies ability to recognize hunger - limit its use.
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