Sunday, October 12, 2014

Herbarium: Sage

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 word 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 is said to promote wisdom. The Romans also believed eating Sage would protect pregnant women, increase fertility, and extend life. To extend your own life, eat Sage everyday in May, for:
He who would life for aye
Must eat sage in May.
The Egyptians also believed Sage increased 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.

If you desire to make a wish come true, write your wish on a Sage leaf and sleep on it for three nights. If you dream of your wish, it will come true. If you do not, bury the Sage in the ground to prevent harm coming to you.

Be weary if you wish to grow Sage in your garden. It is bad luck to plant Sage in your own garden and a stranger (or someone not living in the home) should be found to plant it for you. Furthermore, a full bed of Sage is bad luck so make sure the plot is home to other plants as well.

Sage can be used in a number of spells including:
     Protection Magic
     Healing Spells
     Fertility Spells
     Purification
     Luck Spells
     Attract Wisdom
     Immortality Magic

Medicinal Uses: 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 membranes. 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 Dosage: 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 95°F. 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 teaspoons of leaves and let infuse for 10 minutes. Drink this solution up to three times a day. As a tincture, take 2-4 milliliters 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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