Salvia Officinalis: Labiatae
|PLANET: Jupiter, Venus||ELEMENT: air|
|TASTE: astringent, bitter, pungent||VIPAKA: pungent|
|WARMTH: warm||DOSHAS: V-P+ (in excess)K-|
MERIDIANS: lungs, stomach
ACTIONS: diaphoretic, carminative, tonic, antiseptic, stimulant, spasmolytic, astringent, dries breast milk, dries diarrhea, promotes estrogen, emmenagogue, can increase fertility, alterative, antiinflammatory, expectorant, diuretic.
INDICATIONS: colds, flu, fever, sore throats, tonsillitis, laryngitis, lymphadenopathy, night sweats, nervous disorders (as a muscle relaxant), hair loss, gas, indigestion, liver complaints, cystitis, excessive salivation, perspiration, breast milk, or any other secretion, arthritis.
PRECAUTIONS: The oil contains thujone which can cause convulsions. Use only two weeks at a time; oil can accumulate with longterm usage. Don't use in pregnancy. Don't use if dryness is a problem.
CONSTITUENTS: essential oil including 30-50% thujone, 15% cineol, borneol, and camphor; bitter principle, salviatannin, phenolic acids including caffeic, rosmarinic, and labiatic, flavonoids and phytosterols, saponins, carotenes, essential fatty acids, calcium, magnesuim potassium, zinc, thiamine
PREPARATION AND USE:
-infusion (1 pint water on 1 oz) for gas, fever (esp with delirium), colds, flu
-"Sage Tea": 1/2 oz fresh leaves, 1 oz sugar, juice 1 lemon and 1/4 oz rind
-tincture 10-30 drops
-gargle for sore throat, bleeding gums
-bruise 1 oz leaves and boil in 16 oz vinegar for 5 min. apply in napkin to sprains
-common ingredient in tooth powders: strengthens gums
-chewed nine consecutive mornings to prevent colds
-when prepared hot: diaphoretic and expectorant, decreases K and V
-when prepared cold: astringent and diuretic, decreases P
-rinse for dark hair, dandruff, and hair loss
-rinse for gingivitis, canker sores, or glossitis
-expressed juice for arthritis
-for Tb: use 3 tbsp juice with honey to stop spitting of blood
-infusion to cleanse old ulcers and wounds
NUTRITIONAL USE: culinary herb useful for spicing poultry and pork. Contains calcium, magnesuim potassium, zinc, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and thiamine.
USE IN MAGIC: purification, healing, cleansing, immortality, wisdom, longevity, protection, wishes
-used as besom
-to keep its energies pure, plant near rue, and never plant alone in a pot, and have a stranger plant it
-as a magical tonic, take for nine mornings
-invokes Consus, God of counsels so useful for meetings and discussions
-eat some every day in May for immortality
-used in money, protection, and healing spells
-write a wish on a Sage leaf and sleep on it for three nights. If you dream your wish granted, it will be: otherwise bury the leaf to prevent harm
-carry for wisdom
-attracts toads and bees
USE IN PERSONAL GROWTH: -as a smudge to purify body and aura, and to align group energy -to center, awaken inner guide, open sixth chakra -clears emotional obstructions and promotes calmness and clarity -specific for calming the heart
"We are all whole. I am part of the wholeness of all life, and that wholeness is contained in me and proceeds from me."
THE ESSENTIAL OILIs considered toxic due to high thujone content and many sources advise against its use.
CONSTITUENTS: thujone, cineole, borneol, linalool, camphor, salvene, pinene, etc. Spanish and Greek Sage contain little or no thujone.
THE FLOWER ESSENCE
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: tendency to see life experience as ill fated or undeserved; unable to perceive higher purpose and meaning in life events
"Sage flower essence enables the Self to learn and reflect about life experience, particularly enhancing the capacity to experience deep inner peace and wisdom. This remedy addresses a natural distillation process which occurs as the healthy person ages. Throughout the course of life, trials and tribulations are placed in the soul's path so that it can distil impurities and volatile emotions, reaching an ever more pure and refined state. Through the aging process, the soul should be able to attain ever greater inner stability and peaceful acceptance of its condition. If one is unable to experience this graceful maturation process, s/he tends to see life as ill-fated and undeserved, and cannot perceive higher purpose and meaning in life events. The Sage remedy can be helpful during various life phases and transitions, when one needs to step back and consider the unfolding events of life. However, Sage is particularly indicated for advances stages of the life biography, when the Self must especially learn to survey life experience and glean wisdom and insight. Through Sage, the soul comes more in touch with its own high spirituality. By recognizing the divine meaning and purpose of life, the soul acquires profound wisdom to heal and counsel others."
Flower Essence information quoted from Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, Flower Essence Repertory, The Flower Essence Society, Nevada City, CA. ISBN 0-9631306-1-7