Botanical Name: Salvia apiana
- English: White sage, Ceremonial sage
- Also, known as: Bee sage, Sacred sage
Parts Used: Leaves
White sage is a handsome, silver-colored shrub native to the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. This perennial shrub grows throughout many plant communities between sea level and up to 7,000 feet. Salvia apiana is a member of the Mint family Lamiaceae and grows up to 5 feet tall. The White sage produces clusters of white, silver-grey leaves that have a very pleasant and distinct aroma. The sage scent is earthy and soothing. Whitish, purple flowers emerge from the plant in the summer. These tiny flowers are pollinated by bumble-bees, hawk moths and wasps.
White sage has recently gained in popularity as an incense to burn for spiritual purposes. The leaves are picked and then rolled into a ‘smudge stick’. This stick is then burned in an attempt to purify one’s body or home. This ceremonial use is reminiscent of the manner white sage was used by the original settlers of California.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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