A bit of Salvia never hurt anyone!
I am harvesting some sage for the full moon ritual:
Botanical name: Salvia officinalis – Salvia derives from the Latin Salvere (“to feel well and healthy, health, heal)
Some Common names: sage, True sage, Hepherdess’ herb , Mary Shepherdess’ herb, leaves of the Shepherdess, Mary’s herb, herb of Mary and “la hembra” (the female).
Sage, a member of the mint family, is traditionally used in ancient folklore as a metaphysical medicinal plant, in particular for clearing, psychic tuning and psychic clearing, more commonly for warding off evil spirits.
Also used in divination, tarot card reading and energetic healing as it is known to enhance psychic connection..
It also is commonly used in culinary dishes which is great because in herbal medicine sage is known to help with many different ailments these include:
Symptoms of menopause – hot flushes and night sweats, reducing perspiration ( and oestrogenic principles).
Infections of the mouth and throat such as tonsillitis and gingivitis – its astringent and antiseptic actions provide relief when used as a gargle or mouthwash.
Applied topically sage promotes healing of wounds (antiseptic action)
Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) – sage reduces cramps and regulates menstrual cycle and flow.
It is used to treat colds, fevers, liver trouble, epilepsy, memory loss.
In Chinese medicine the root of the species Salvia miltiorrhiza (dan shen) is used mainly for “moving blood” in cases of stagnation. It is also considered a cooling sedative used to reduce heat in the heart and liver.
Sage is a very good source of Vitamin A, calcium, iron and potassium.
The purple flowers are known to be eaten for the purposes of a psychoactive experience.
What you will need
- Stalks of sage dried on the stem
- Thin hemp cord
Making the smudge sticks:
- Dry out the sage after harvesting
- Chop the sage so that you have stalks with leaves approximately five inches long.
- Create bundles approximately one inch thick.
- Use the hemp cord to tie a bundle – circling at least once every inch. Make sure this is tight
- Burn at the top and let smoulder as you begin your ritual.
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