50+ Benefits of Engaging with Sage
Allergies got you down? Feeling the anxiety of the world? There are countless healing properties of this Herb of Immortality and the list might surprise you.
Engaging with Sage
White sage, (salvia apiana) is an evergreen shrub that grows across the United States, and is most prevalent in high altitude desert ecosystems. American Indian’s are well known to have used the healing properties of sage to drive out negative energy and evil spirits. They also use it in ceremonies for blessings and prosperity. For generations, white sage has been used for purifying, cleansing, and protection and many consider the plant to be sacred. According to tradition, all plants and animals have a spirit. The spirit of white sage is devoted to clearing, protection, and blessings. Tapping into the power of white sage will amplify any healing or clearing that you do on yourself or others.
Sage has a rich history dating back to prehistorical times. Though it is often associated with Native Americans, sage was sought after by Chinese, Greeks, Romans, and Arabs.
For centuries it has been commonly used for clearing energy, but today there is scientific research that smudging purifies the air of harmful bacteria. Following a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, according to Sayer Ji, founder of Green Med Info (Science of Natural Healing), "not only did the burning of medicinal herbs clear aerial bacterial populations by 94% within one hour, but a full day later, the closed room was still effectively decontaminated. Even more amazing, a full month later, seven other pathogenic bacteria in the open room were still non-detectable."
- Alzheimer’s - Sage helps with memory recall and some of its agents prevent plaque formation in the brain.
- Anemia - Sage contains copper and iron.
- Anti-Allergic - Sage helps to prevent allergic reactions.
- Antibacterial and Anti-Fungal - sage is a good antibacterial agent because it contains oils that kill bacteria. Sage works well against Staph, E. Coli, Salmonella and also against fungal infections and yeast infections like Candida.
- Anti-inflammatory - Sage is a great anti-inflammatory that can help with arthritis, joint pain, joint swelling, and redness.
- Antioxidant - Sage is good antioxidant that contains flavoniods such as polyphenols like in green tea. Also superoxide dismutase a powerful antioxidant plus peroxidase which are great for cardiovascular health, strokes, and cancer. Sage also contains luteolin, apigenin, alpha-thujone, beta-thujone, and cineoleand diosmetin which are all powerful antioxidants.
- Asthma - Sage can be helpful with asthma by clearing up inflammation of the bronchi and thus opening up air passages.
- Attention span
- Vitamins A- Sage contains lots of vitamin A which is a wonderful antioxidant
- Brain Function - Research with double blind studies shows that sage helps people recall words, events, and names, thus helping with memory in general. A study in the Journal of Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior showed that a small dose of sage improved memory greatly.
- Cosmetics - Sage is used in cosmetics, shampoos, and lotions as a wonderful fragrance.
- Colds- The Native Americans used it to treat a cold by drinking tea made from smoked leaves in sweathouses.
- cold sores
- Concentration - And sage tea is also called “Thinkers Tea” because it helps with concentration, depression, grief, and attention span.
- Lowers Cholesterol - Another study showed that sage could lower cholesterol and triglycerides too.
- chronic fatigue- sage is also used in aromatherapy for stress and fatigue
- Culinary Uses - Sage has been used in cooking in soups, stews, meats, poultry, sausages, fish, casseroles, veggies, and just about anything you can think of. Thanksgiving would not be the same without sage… and Greek and Italian dishes use lots of sage.
- Vitamins C- Sage contains lots of vitamin C which is a wonderful antioxidant
- Diabetes - Studies at the University of Minho Portugal showed that sage lowers fasting glucose levels, and contains substances that works just as well as metformin (a common oral diabetes medication). And using sage as a food additive or spice might prevent diabetes.
- Vitamin E -Sage is great for sexual health and immunity
- Enzyme production- Sage contains manganese
- Eye Health - Sage contains lutein and zeaxanthin which are important for preventing macular degeneration.
- Fevers - Sage can also help with fevers and excessive sweating because it’s cooling.
- Genital Herpes - Sage cream can also help for the symptoms of genital herpes, and some also use rhubarb cream in conjunction with sage cream for herpes.
- Grief - Sage can enhance mood
- GI Tract - Sage is great for stomachaches, gas, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, and digestive upsets. And because of sages great antibacterial oils it also works well for GI infections.
- Gum disease
- Highly Recommended - A study of herbalists showed that sage was one of their most highly recommended herbs for lots of different challenges.
- Immune system- Sage contains zinc for boosting your system
- Vitamin K - Sage also contains a good amount of Vitamin K which helps with clotting.
- Oily Skin - Take a teaspoon of powdered sage and mix with one cup of hot water and let cool. Then use as a mask for oily skin for 20 minutes… and dry with a cotton towel.
- Menopause - Sage can also help with hot flashes because it’s a good cooling agent.
- reduces heavy menstruation
- Mood (enhancement/improvement)
- Muscles -Sage massage oils are good for tight and stressed muscles.
- Nervous tension - Sage tea has also been used to help
- Perspiration - Commission E in Germany found sage tea lowered perspiration by 50%.
- PMS - Sage works great for excessive bleeding, bloating, and cramps.
- Relaxing Agent magnesium
- Reduces lactation- Breastfeeding women are advised to take the tea as it- Sage has the ability to lower the amount of breast milk for those who are nearing the end of nursing.
- Sore throats- Gargle! Sage works wonders as a gargle for excess phlegm, sore throats, and throat infections. Plus it also helps with cold sores, gum disease, and inflammation of the nasal passages and tongue.
- Spiritual Uses - Sage smoke has been used for spiritual cleansing of houses and buildings for thousands of years.
- Stress- A study in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics showed that sage worked great to prevent agitation in patients.
- Sexual health and immunity- Sage contains Vitamin E
- Water regulation and cardiovascular function- Sage contains potassium
Did you know that sage is also a smokable herb?
Try Me Sticks are hand rolled multi use herbal sage sticks that can be used as alternative smudge sticks for rituals or ceremonies or natural alternative smoking wraps. Wraps are naturally flavored, made from pure hemp, and contain no tobacco or nicotine. Each pack contains 5 sticks.
Smoking Try Me Sticks helps to relieve anxiety, is calming before bedtime, opens airways, enhances the "high" of other herbs, reduces the urge to smoke cigarettes, makes the room smell good, and while smoking tobacco is like drinking whiskey, smoking a Try Me Stick is like drinking a cool glass of water. It is the righteous stick that you don't have to feel guilty about!