Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Magical and Medicinal uses for Sage



Sage has had many practical and magical uses over the ages, and through different cultures. In ancient times, those who grew sage in their gardens were expected to have a long life from the health benefits that it provided, most in which still ring true today.
Along with its popularity of being easy to grow, Sage is considered an essential herb for both your garden and your practice if you dabble in the more magical aspects of life.



Sage in the Garden


Sage is easy to grow. When fully mature, it's an herb that grows into a round bush that also tends to be fairly drought tolerant. It grows well in most any soil types and tends to be hearty in colder weather. A great companion plant, Sage emits a lovely aroma that helps deter pests from tender leafy greens and best of all it's fairly disease defiant. All in all, it's a great beginner herb for anyone and will keep your garden smelling great.
This plant stays growing up until fall really sets in, which gives people plenty of time to harvest and dry many portions for either refilling their spice jars or bundling it into smudge sticks for spiritual practice. 

Sage in Medicine


Aside from Sage being used regularly as a spice,  Sage does provide many health benefits and healing properties. Sage has been known to treat a large assortment of digestive issues including gas, loss of appetite, stomach pain, bloating and heartburn (WebMD). Topically it can be applied to cold sores as well as fight off gingivitis.
There have been clinical trials done that have confirmed that sage also is beneficial in Alzheimer patients by warding off the disease's advancements. It can be used to treat depression and anxiety and is even beneficial to women who are going through menopause.
For long term use, it's important to use Spanish Sage versus Standard sage.

While Sage has a lot to offer, DO NOT take without consulting a doctor first. Everyone reacts differently to different medicines and it's better to be safe than sorry.


Sage in Magic


On top of being easy to grow and being good for you, Sage has one more benefit up its sleeve that should be applied at least once a month.

Smudging.

Smudging is a wonderful way to clear the negative energies that collect in your home and life over time. It's done during ceremonies, blessings, spiritual healing, and grounding rituals.

A little ritual I like to do for cleansing is standing in the middle of your room that you want to cleanse, light your sage ( Sometimes it takes a little bit, Sage is a hard herb to get burning) and make sure that you have your bowl/shell/ashtray to catch the embers as they fall.

Then moving to the eastern part of your room/house, fan some of the sage smoke towards it and say this little chant.

"I go to the East and banish negative energy and intent,
I go to the South and banish the negative energy and intent
I go to the West and banish the negative energy and intent
I go to the North and banish the negative energy and intent"

The reason I do so in this manner is to represent not only all four corners of directions but also the order in which the seasons come. In my previous article here I go over how each element had a season and a direction.

Once you have finished your chants, return to the middle and say

"Out with the bad, in with the good, may only positive energies and intent reside here"

There are many ways to do a cleansing, but this is my personal spin on it. If you so choose, you're more than welcome to try it out and let me know in the comments what you think!
Bright Blessings!