Common sage (or culinary sage) is a plant and an herb.
- botanical information
- part used
- astrological correspondences
- magick correspondences and uses
- health care
- modern herbal healing
- external skin care
Botanical name: Salvia officinalis
Common name: common sage, culinary sage, garden sage, sage
Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.
Salvia means safe and is a reference to the ancient healing properties of sage.
Family: Lamiaceae (mint) or Labiatae (obsolete name for mint family)
Origin: northern Mediterranean
Part Used: Leaves and stems.
Information courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs
Astrological planet: Jupiter
magickal correspondences and uses:
Incense: See incense sticks below.
Sage incense is the magick incense certain days, based on planetary influences. You may want to burn sage incense these days. You may substitute a similar incense if you dont have or dont like sage. The sage incense magick days for 2009 are: January 3, February 21, May 9, June 6, July18, October 3, November 21, and December 12.
Reversing spells: To reverse any spell (including love spells), light a dried sage leaf on fire, then blow out the flame, leaving a burning red ember. Slowly create a large circle in the air with the sage smoke, making the circle three times counter-clockwise. While making each of the three circles, chant to undo the previous spell. You may write your own chant, but it should be short and to the point. You may want to obtain ecologically-safe organic sage from Mountain Rose Herbs.
If you have the time, you can empower the reversal of your love spell by casting a circle (in either Wiccan or ancient Egyptian style) and lighting a white candle on your altar. Concentrate on the ever changing flickering of the candle flame and let your true intentions flow into the power of the dancing flame. You may want to dress the candle as described in the article on myrhh.
Jupiter spells: Sage (as an herb) may be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to Jupiter matters (growth, legal matters, luck, meditation, money, prosperity, settling legal matters, and spirituality). Be careful about substitutions for preparations that will be ingested or come in contact with the skin. These substitutions do not apply to medical uses. See the article on Jupiter for a list of herbal substitutes for sage.
health care uses:
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Traditional Medicine: While many traditional practices have been scientifically verified, some are now known to be dangerous. Seek the advice of qualified health care providers.
Sage has traditionally been used to relieve sore throats.
Sage leaves have traditionally been used to relieve hot flashes.
Recent research shows that sage can be useful as a treatment for type 2 diabetes.
Sage contains rosmarinic acid, C18H16O8, is a natural polyphenol antioxidant carboxylic acid (an ester of caffeic acid with 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl lactic acid), found in such herbs as lemon balm, rosemary, oregano, sage, thyme and peppermint. Rosmarinic acid is antiviral, antibacterial, antiinflammatory and antioxidant. Eating foods spiced with herbs containing rosmarinic acid provides the body with a natural sun screen that can help cut the risk of skin cancer and sunburn.
External skin care: Sage in Great Skin Firming Night Cream: Works by increasing your skins vitality and sealing in moisture. With collagen to restore elasticity and Vitamin E for healing. Deeply penetrates to prevent excess dryness. With sesame oil, olive oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, squalene, kakui nut oil, aloe vera, Vitamin E, lemon balm, comfrey, sage, marigold, marsh mallow, teaberry, jasmine, cucumber, Vitamin A, and Vitmin D. Firming night cream is a heavy moisturizer that deeply penetrates the skin and will prevent excess dryness. This therapeutic vitamin and moisturizing treatment increases the skins vitality and seals in the moisture, augmenting skins resilience. Contains collagen which restores elasticity, and vitamin E which helps in healing the skin. Nourishes the skin as it firms. Apply before bedtime after cleansing and toning. Great Skin Firming Night Cream
Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.
Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).
See also: herbs.