Article Written By: Christina Cuba
Sage belongs to the Lamiaceae family, commonly referred to as the mint family. There are over 700 species of Sage, but this article will hone in on two common types of Sage: Garden Sage and White Sage. Sage’s original Latin term Salvia means to “heal or save” and rightfully so, the herb was highly acclaimed by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans due to its healing qualities for the physical and some would agree spiritual as well.
The most widely known form of Sage, Garden Sage (Salvia Officianalis), can be found in various kitchen recipes; it has been used to heal throat issues, sores, and various diseases. Garden Sage also enhances brain function by improving cognitive function through memory retention and in aiding tissue and erythrocyte (red blood cell) reproduction. Additionally, Garden Sage contains Vitamin K and Magnesium, which are crucial in bone health, wound healing, and insomnia. With solely two tablespoons of Garden Sage, a person receives their daily Vitamin K intake requirement.
As opposed to Garden Sage, and its more physical uses, White Sage is primarily used to aid in psychological, antimicrobial and antibacterial, and cleansing functions. White Sage has been shown to aid in the improvement of anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. Additionally, White Sage has been proven to have numerous antimicrobial and antibacterial properties such as keeping infectious viruses, bacteria, and fungi from developing. Aside from its health benefits, White Sage has been used for centuries as a spiritual cleanser. For instance, Native Americans would burn White Sage to purify and cleanse the air of negative energies through smudging (the ceremonial act of burning White Sage). Smudging has been practiced throughout several cultures for over thousands of years.
- Steep one tablespoon in hot water for 30 minutes
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