Sage’s Latin binomial name is Salvia Officinalis with the word Salvia meaning “to cure”, “to save” and “to heal”. Other ancient cultures also translated Salvia to mean “sacred”.
Sage holds significant spiritual properties with its smoke believed to protect against negative energy.
Although burning sage ("smudging") has been classed as “new age”, new research is scientifically proving that there are actually incredible benefits in using these rituals that the Native Americans (as well as many other indigenous groups) have known of and used without question for thousands of years.
Recent studies have shown that due to Sage's powerful antiseptic qualities, its smoke can purify 94% of harmful bacteria in the air around us.
Burning Sage works by neutralizing the positive charge of ions in and around our body and environment by releasing enough negative ions into the atmosphere to balance them. This means that our own energy, and the energy of the space we are burning the Sage in, will feel much lighter afterwards.
Overview & History
Sage has been recorded for medicinal use since Roman times, being used to treat all ailments and even extend life.
In addition it is also known for treating:
- Mouth, throat, and tonsil inflammation
- mount ulcers, gingivitis
- Hot flashes
Sage defends inflamed mucous membranes and immunity which makes it a great gargle and mouth wash to aid in fighting inflammation and illness around the mouth and throat. Sage also helps with balancing women’s hormones, helping with hot flashes and sweats in menopausal women.
The leaves hold the medicinal power of this ancient plant.
It is best used dried in a tea or infusion, liquid extract, or as an essential oil. It’s energetics are drying, cooling, relaxing, and wise.
Its actions include:
These actions tally up to Sage being a powerful fighter against infections and colds and flus, and helping decrease tumours and fight free radicals within the body.
Have you ever taken Sage internally or burned Sage in a room? We'd love to hear about your experiences with this amazing herb!