Sage, White (Salvia apiana) Native

Sage, White (Salvia apiana)
This species is native!

Parts used
: leaves, seeds

Medicinal uses: It can be made into a tea, which decreases sweating, salivation, and mucous secretions in the sinuses, throat, and lungs. Cold tea can be a good stomach tonic, while a lukewarm tea is good for treating sore throats. The leaves can also be used as a uterine hemostatic tea for heavy menstruation; however, since it can also decrease lactation, nursing mothers are advised not to use it.

Additional uses: Native Americans used white sage in the following ways: seeds were ground into a flour and used for mush; leaves were used for flavoring in cooking; leaves were also eaten, smoked or used in a sweathouse as a remedy for colds; seeds were dropped into the eye and permitted to roll around under the eyelids in order to cleanse the eyes; and leaves were crushed and mixed with water to create a hair shampoo, dye and straightener. The leaves and stems are also used in traditional “smudge” sticks that are used ceremonially to cleanse an area of negative energy (

Sage White Salvia apiana

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