Sage, the saviour' has been revered since time immemorial. Some species of sage powerfully affect the nervous system. Sage oil is very potent and should be used with caution.
Traditional: In aromatherapy, Clary Sage is usually preferred for therapeutic use. Spanish Sage is useful for aromatherapy skin and hair care products as it combats loss of hair and dandruff and can be used for acne, dermatitis and minor cuts.
Sage is also useful for checking excessive sweating, especially for menopausal hot flashes. It stimulates menstrual flow and must not be used during pregnancy.
It acts on the liver and gallbladder and can be used for congestive conditions. It can also help with emotional disturbances that are due to hormonal imbalances originating in liver problems. Excessive use should be avoided. Epileptics should avoid this oil.
Magical: Sage is powerfully protective and cleansing. It can be used to purify a magical space or tools. It is also used for aura and crystal cleansing to dispel negative energies. It may be used in rites of passage and ceremonies in remembrance of the dead. It can also be used for divination and for protection during spirit journeys. It may be helpful as an aide for spiritual studies to deepen insight and understanding into the mysteries.
The Latin name 'Salvia' derives from 'salvere' - to be saved, and an old Latin proverb ask: 'Cur moriatur homo cui Salvia crescit in horto' Why should a man die whilst there is Sage growing in the garden'.
The flowers are extremely popular with bees, who make a delicious and very aromatic honey from its nectar. The soft leaves emit a pungent scent and their distinctive flavour adds a special note to many foods.
Medicinally, the ancients considered Sage a 'cure all'. Gerard notes: 'Sage is singularly good for the head and brain, it quickeneth the senses and memory, strengtheneth the sinews, restoreth health to those that have the palsy, and taketh away shakey trembling of the members.'
In mythology ,Sage is said to have been the only bush willing to shelter Mary and Jesus from Herodotus on their flight to Egypt. As a sign of gratitude Mary blessed the bush and gave it its healing power. It is said to comfort those that are grieving and for this reason it is sometimes planted on graves.
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