The dried leaves of white sage are typically used in smoking blends to improve mood. White sage promotes feelings of relaxation and also boosts memory. When smoked alone the flavor can be intense, so it is often mixed with mullein. White sage also helps to clear the throat, lungs, and sinuses of congestion.
Did you know you could purify a room with white sage?
Effect: Relaxing and the “high” is more potent than damiana
How is it: hard on the throat if you don’t have a bong
Pro: Cheap, great on its own or mixed
Best with: Mullein, damiana, alone
Benefits: Remedy against a cold, reduce secretions in throat, lungs, and sinuses. Relaxant
Review: Like wine, it took some time to like it. I love it now, and it smells nice.
White sage is a herb from the Mediterranean but can also be grown in parts of central Europe and the United States. It has silvery- green leaves with a fuzzy coat. The united states Department of Agriculture believe that white sage was used by the Native Americans in tightly-bound or smudge sticks of stems and leaves. In some other tribes, like the Cheyenne Indians, it was used to clear negative energy in sacred spaces by burning smudge sticks around the border of ceremonial altars. The leaves were scattered around alters and sweat lodges to keep away evil spirits.
The natives used it in many ways. The leaves were used to flavor foods and were also eaten and smoked. They also made straighteners, shampoos, and dyes by crushing the leaves and mixing them with water. Also, it was used to clean the eye by rolling its seeds under the eyelids.
Its medical applications are quite numerous. According to USDA, it can be used to treat eczema and skin eruptions. Also, there may be a link between it and the treatment of diabetes as it improves the handling of insulin levels in the body. It is also thought to be helpful for headaches, nosebleeds and sinus infections.
White sage has some positive effects in our bodies. In women, it reduces heavy menstruation when the leaves are made into a uterine hemostatic tea and drank. Breastfeeding women are advised to take the tea as it reduces lactation. The Native Americans used it to treat a cold by drinking tea made from smoked leaves in sweathouses. The tea relieves mucous secretions of the lungs, throat, and sinuses that accompany colds. According to United States Department of Agriculture, the tea can be used in the treatment of sore throats as it can be ingested and gargled. The Kiowas are believed to have used the plant in the treatment of respiratory problems and also to loose phlegm in the throat and lungs. The tea is drunk to soothe digestion problems.
Its roots were used by the Native American women to bolster internal bleeding and to expel afterbirth after they had given birth. This has made the United State Department of Agriculture consider the tea to be effective in reducing lactation when a baby is being weaned from breastfeeding.
The herb may be used in treating wounds in order to prevent inflammation and infection as they possess antiseptic properties. It may be used in the treatment of fungal infections and candida, and may be useful for lung infections and staph.
Several types of research have shown that this herb enhances mental function. One of the research showed that it lifts the moods of people, improves memory and reduces anxiety. Just like any other drug white sage should not be used in overdose as it may affect your body. The use of white sage is legal in all states so you do not have to worry about using it. It is also very advisable to use it as it has many advantages and it is a natural drug.