White sage grows as a large perennial, and is often called ‘bee sage’’ or ‘sacred sage.’ It can grow from 1.3 to 1.5 meters in ideal conditions and is one of the larger salvias. The long, grey silver coloured leaves are highly aromatic when crushed.
White sage seeds, roots and leaves are all edible, and some uses by Native Americans include using leaves as a source of flavouring in meals. They also ground up the seeds and mixed them with flour to create porridge and biscuits.
The traditional medicinal uses of white sage by Native Americans included use 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.
Germination is naturally low, best to use sandy well draining soil. Scarify seeds, sow just under sandy soil (not deep), keep warm and in good light, water once daily until germination occurs.
5 seeds per pack