Sage or Salvia Officinalis comes from the Latin word salvere, which means to "be in good health."
There are 500 species of sage, and it comes from the mint family with a long history of benefits. The Arabs believed that if you grow sage and it remains healthy—you will maintain health and a long life. Ancient Egyptians used sage for medicine, stress, and tea to calm down an upset stomach.
The Romans used as a preservative, and to heal cramps, insect bites, coughs, help memory and is used for inflammation. Additionally, sage is used for kidney issues, and toothaches.
Gypsies applied sage to darken hair roots, brighten color, and help maintain strength. There is more.
The Navajo used sage in ceremonies, and to cure worms, and they made infusions of the leaves to cure intestinal worms in their sheep and goats. They applied hot poultices on the leaves to relieve migraines.
The “49ers” made sage poultices to help heal gunshot wounds,” author Samantha Fay said.
Medical News Today wrote that sage extract could help Alzheimer’s sufferers by boosting cognition, while alleviating agitation. Web MD found that the herb improves memory as well.
“In one of the few clinical trials looking at sage's ability to improve memory, healthy, young adults who had taken sage oil capsules performed significantly better in a word recall test. The study -- funded by Oxford Natural Products -- appears in the latest edition of the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior.”
If you don’t know how to pair sage with food. It works well with chicken, pork, red sauces, and soups.
There are reasons this common kitchen herb is beneficial. Did you know you can ward off the bad by burning sage?
Sage is used in the home to ward off evil and clean negativity.
This practice has been going on since the middle ages.
You can clean the home by opening the windows and using a sage stick allow the ambers to smoke.
Go to each corner or room of the house and say a cleansing prayer. Dispel any negative energy from all areas by imagining the smoke absorbing it all.
“After you’ve blessed every room, give yourself a sage shower."
Cup your hands over the smoke and “wash” your face with it, then wave it all over your body as you would in a water shower. Visualize any residual negativity sailing out of your body, out of your home, and into oblivion,” Holly Lebowitz Rossi shared in “How to Cleanse Your Home with Sage.”
If depression is an issue, say out loud that you are releasing depressing, anger, and hate from your heart and it has no place in your world.
“Ask your angels and guides to take away your sadness and help you feel better, happier and ready to release this depression.
When the sage leaves are completely burned down, open the window wide and safely dispose of the sage ashes,” Fay shared.