White Sage of Salvia apiana is an evergreen colored perennial shrub found in the northwestern Mexico and southwestern United States. It is commonly seen in the coast of Baja and Southern California on the west border of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.
White Sage’s shrub grows up to 4.3 to 4.9 feet (1.3 to 1.5 meters) tall and 4.3 feet (1.3 meters) wide. The evergreen leaves of the Sage emit resins and oils that release an effective aroma when it is rubbed altogether. The White Sage’s flowers attract bees, which is why it is also called “apiana”. The Sage’s flower sometimes blooms in color pink and on the top of the foliage during spring and from pale lavender to white during the other seasons.
Cultivation of the Sage plant is very easy. The seed can be sowed in sandy water and soil daily. The average germination time reaches 14 days.
Transplanting is advised to be done until seedlings mature its second group of leaves. The White Sage loves to grow in a sunny and dry environment.
White Sage is also a popular herbal medicine during both the ancient and modern times. It can be made into a tea, which reduces mucous secretions of the sinuses, lungs and throat, salivation and sweating. Cold Sage tea can be a good remedy for stomach tonic, while a warmer Sage tea is good at sore throats remedy. The Sage’s leaves are also used as a remedy for heavy and painful menstruation when it is applied as a uterine hemostatic tea. Nursing mothers though are advised by doctors not to use it since it reduces lactation.
Native American Indians used Sage to make porridge by grounding seeds into flour while leaves are made into flavoring ingredients for cooking. The leaves of this plant was also smoked, eaten and used as a prime remedy for colds and fever. Another herbal medicinal uses of the White Sage which up to now is still being practiced is; for cleansing the eyes by dropping the seeds and rolled under the eyelids while sleeping and removing it during the morning leaving the eyes clean and free of oxidants and contaminants.
The Sage is also used for self grooming by crushing the leaves and mixing it with water to create an herbal hair shampoo, hair-straightener and dye. It is also used to rid the body of foul odor by rubbing its crushed leaves all over the body.
Aside from its herbal medicinal and grooming use, the White Sage is also used to create smudge sticks, a kind of incense. It is believed that the White Sage cleanses the place of negative vibes or energies and evil spirits that may linger around while at the same time attracts good vibes and positive energies. Today, the practice of using White Sage as incense still exists within the Native American tribes for ceremonies and purification.
For smudging, grooming, healthy tea to herbal and holistic remedy, the White Sage has proven to be useful in a lot of ways making it one of the most useful plants in the planet.