SAGE WHITE - 15 Seeds
White sage is a large, herbaceous perennial, sometimes called ‘bee sage’’ or ‘sacred sage.’ It may grow from 1.3 to 1.5 meters in ideal conditions and is one of the larger salvias. The slightly purple flower stalks extend up almost the same height again and bear small white to lavender flowers. The long, grey or silvery-white leaves are highly aromatic when crushed and lend white sage its name. The bottom of the stem is quite woody, with a fleshy top, and leaves grow in florets at the top.
The plant is also called ‘apiana’ because of the great bee attractant qualities.
Native American uses for white sage included using leaves as a source of flavouring in meal preparation. They also ground up the seeds and mixed them with flour to create porridge and biscuits. The seeds, roots and leaves are all edible.
White sage is rich in cineole, a chemical with antiseptic properties, also found in rosemary and eucalyptus. The active constituents also have a reputation as anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and pain-reducing qualities. Cineole, ingested in a tea or inhaled from burning leaves helps to break up mucous, relieve congestion and stimulate clear breathing.
The traditional medicinal uses of white sage by Native Americans included as a cold remedy, for fevers and painful or heavy menstruation and for healing and strength after childbirth. It was also reputed to rid the body of foul odours when the leaves were crushed and rubbed all over the body. Warm sage tea is said to be good for sore throats and cold tea for stomach aches. The seeds were also used to remove foreign objects from the eyes, much like Clary sage in Europe.
White sage, as ‘smudge sticks,’ is used ritually and for aura cleansing of any space, including house or car and even people.
Native Americans used white sage infusions as a rinse for shiny hair and to reduce grey hair. The grey foliage is also very useful in decorative wreaths and potpourri.
Sage White has a naturally low germination rate. Also, it requires a little different type of soil - mostly sandy soil, the one for cactus. Most fertile soil with a lot of compost is not ideal for sage white since it holds water. Sage white planting medium must drain water freely. Scarify seeds on fine-grit sandpaper, sow seeds in very sandy soil, barely cover, tamp well, keep warm and in strong light, and water only once daily until germination. A smoke treatment of seeds (i.e. scarification) may assist in germinating sage white seeds.
Propagation notes will be supplied with a seed packet.
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