Sage (Salvia Officinalis)
Folk Names : Garden Sage, Red Sage, Sawge
Gender : Masculine
Planet : Jupiter
Element : Air
Powers : Immortality, Longevity, protection, purification, wisdom, wishes
Magical Uses and History – Sage takes its name from the Latin world salvare which means “to save”. This is a very fitting name due to its healing properties. The Ancient Greeks and Romans ate sage to improve the mind. Carrying sage on your person us said to promote wisdom. The Romans also believed eating sage would protect pregnant women, increase futility, and extend life. To extend your own life, eat sage everyday. The Egyptians also believed sage increase fertility and women would drink sage juice before lying with their husbands to ensure conception. Sage is also a powerful protector. Wearing a horn full of sage will protect you from the evil eye while burning it will dispel negative energy and cleanse rooms and objects.
Medicinal Use – The leaves of Red Sage are often used to aid inflammation of the mouth, throat, and tonsils as its volatile oils are soothing to the mucous membrane. it can be used internally as a mouth wash to treat gingivitis, inflamed tongue (glossitis), and other mouth inflammations including mouth ulcers. It can also be gargled to treat laryngitis, pharyngitis and tonsillitis. Furthermore, it reduces sweating when taking internally. Externally it is used to treat wounds. Do not take Sage if you are pregnant or wishing to breastfeed. When taken internally, it can reduce breast milk production and stimulate the muscles of the uterus.
Preparation and Dosages – The leaves should be collected shortly before or just at the beginning of flowering (May or June). Leaves can then be dried, but not above 95F. Sage can be taken internally as either an infusion, tincture, or gargle. To make an infusion, pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoon’s of leaves and let infuse for 10 minutes. Drink this solution up to three solutions up to three times a day. As a tincture, take 2-4 millilitres up to three times a day. To make a gargle put 2 teaspoons of dried leaves in 1 pint of water. Bring to a boil, cover, and let stand for 15 minutes. Gargle deeply with the hot deep for 5-10 minutes several times a day. Externally use Sage in a compress to treat open wounds.
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