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I Heart Herbs ~ Sage

Blog 28 of 30 ~ Effy Wild's Blogalong ~ Thirty Posts in Thirty Days 

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!


Latin Name: Salvia officinalis

Plant Family: Lamiaceae ~
the mint family

Character: bitter, cool, drying, pungent

Constituentsflavonoids, phenolic acids, resin, saponins, tannins, volatile oil

Actionsantibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, expectorant, sedative, stimulant, vulnerary

Parts Used: leaves, root, essential oil

Harvest throughout the summer. 
Pick the leaves before or at blooming. 
Cut the stems back after they bloom.

The sage plant has been praised highly throughout history for its powers of longevity. Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any medicinal herb according to medicinal lore. It is native to the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.

The Romans treated sage as a sacred herb and had a special ceremony for gathering sage. According to Roman mythology, sage supposedly belonged to the Satyrs, a half man, half goat creature. The Greeks associated sage with wisdom and immortality. The Romans and the Greeks used this highly prized herb as a meat preservative to reduce spoilage.

In the 10th century, Arab physicians believed sage promoted immortality. 14th century Europeans protected themselves from witchcraft with sage. In the 17th century, sage became a much in demand tea. The Chinese would trade three cases of tea leaves for one case of sage leaves with the Dutch.

In the Middle Ages, sage was used as a treatment for memory loss, fevers, and intestinal problems. It was also used to treat eye problems, liver disease, epilepsy, and infections.

Smudging, artist unknown
North American Indians also saw the value of sage. They used sage for the spiritual cleansing qualities. They created sage bundles which produce a purifying smoke that removes negative energy from the air.

Sage derives its name from, 
the Latin word salvus, meaning 
"to be saved".

  • Sage contains dietary fiber, vitamin A (carotenoid), calcium, and iron.
  • Sage can be used fresh, dried, or ground.
  • Fresh leaves are a good bitter digestive stimulant.
  • Sage adds flavor to stuffings for pork, rabbit, poultry, and baked fish. It makes a tasty addition in meat or sausage dishes. Sage is also used in soups, breads, dressings, and pasta sauce. It also makes an excellent tea.

Essential Oil
  • Used in aromatherapy, sage essential oil is a mental stimulant.
  • It helps one cope with despair and mental fatigue.
  • Sage essential oil can regulate circulation and support metabolism.
  • Sage is an antiseptic and antifungal, making it an excellent mouthwash that can remedy sore throats and oral thrush.
  • Aromatherapists believe sage essential oil is highly regenerative for the skin and scalp.

Use with care. Sage is a very powerful oil, so keep the dilutions as low as possible.

Make your own oil to reduce acne, scars, heal old wounds, 
or speed up slow healing wounds.
  • Use a base of 20% rosehip seed oil and 80% hazelnut oil
  • Add 5 drops of sage essential oil
  • Add 5 drops of helichrysum essential oil
  • Add a bit of lavender to balance the aroma
Sage essential oil blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, lavender, and rosemary oils.
Sage from Spirit Dancer Gardens 2012
Sage Advice
  • Use sage as a natural deodorant to reduce perspiration.
  • It reduces scarring.
  • Plant sage in your garden near rosemary. It will protect the rosemary from developing a powdery mildew.
  • Sage also serves as an insect repellent for cabbages.
  • Sage is a memory-enhancing herb. It calms the mind, enabling clear thought and planning.
  • Energetically, sage clears evil and darkness from people. It allows one to gain insight into the shadow self.

Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
The Magick Muse 

Amy Riddle is an empowerment coach, crafter of sorts, writer,
herbalist, reverend, and all out muse.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. 
She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. 
Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. 

She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.