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Sacred sage or white sage, propertiesand cultivation instructions. Benefits and uses.
White sage, plant
Therewhite sage, botanically known assage apianais a perennial, evergreen plant native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. This plant is also known by the name ofsacred sage.
The name "white sage" is linked to the characteristic whitish leaves. The name "sacred sage" is always linked to the leaves: they are rich in oils and resins that give off a strong aromatic smell when rubbed or burned. The flowers of thesacred sagethey attract many pollinating insects, first of all, bees, hence the scientific namesage apiana, “the sage of bees ".
Because of the leaf oils and resins, white sage is considered a sacred plant in many Native American peoples. Due to its ancient uses, even today white sage is considered a magical plant and used in many rituals of "neo-pagan spirituality" such as modernWikkaor in New Age forms.
White sage, where to buy it
Where to buy white sage? Unlike officinal sage, Apiana sage is more difficult to find. For dried leaves, you can take advantage of the online purchase (on Amazon) or turn to the so-called "magic shop". On Amazon, two bunches of dried leaves to use as incense and in purification rituals can be bought with € 9.78 and free shipping. For all information, I refer you to "This Amazon page".
If you want insteadbuy a white sage plantor get some leaves offresh white sage, you can start growing the plant in full autonomy as explained in the last paragraph where we talk about cultivation starting from the seeds and where to find the sage apiana seeds.
White sage for purification ceremonies
It is said that thewhite sagepossessmagical properties. Sage apiana, in fact, is widely used in white magic, in particular in purification rituals. How to use? It gets burned as if it were incense.
If the use of thewhite sage as incense in purification rituals may seem bizarre to you, know that a search forDepartment of Pharmacy and Pharmacologyat the University of Witwatersrand, showed a 94% reduction in bacteria and microorganisms (including mold) when the environment is subjected to "smudging" with white sage. The term "smudging" refers to the practice of burning herbal incense.
Purifying the air of bacteria and microorganisms of various kinds has a major impact on health, the US Environmental Protection Agency reminds us that many diseases and health problems are due precisely to the presence of mold and bacteria in our homes.
White sage, properties
Therewhite sageit has a symbolic importance but not only: it interests and fascinates for its properties! According to a study conducted at the University of Arizona, theSavia Biancahas shown strong antibacterial properties making it effective againstStaphylococcus aureus (one of the most common human pathogens both in the community and in the hospital setting), Bacillus subtilis (can contaminate food and cause food poisoning), Klebsiella pneumoniae (it is a gram-negative bacterium that can cause pneumonia) and Candida brassicae (it is, in fact, a fungus).
Sage apiana or white sage seeds
Who wantsgrow the white sage plantcan certainly start fromsowing. While theofficinal sage plantsthey are easy to find on the market, whoever wantsgrow white sagewill necessarily have to find theseeds. Where to buy them? If your trusted nursery is not provided, you can take advantage of the online purchase: on Amazon, a sachet of sage apiana seeds can be bought for about 4.99 euros. For all the information on where to buy white sage seeds to start a cultivation, I refer you tothis Amazon page.
How to grow white sage
Theresage apianayou cancultivatein a sunny position. It needs well-draining soil and good air circulation. Better to grow it in pots so as to move it to the allotment in winter. Use a very deep pot to allow for good root development.
For all information on research and properties cited: Dental, Steven John. "Potential antiinfective agents from Eriodictyon angustifolium Nutt. and Salvia apiana Jeps ". The University of Arizona Campus Repository.