White sage is native to the Mediterranean and Southwestern parts of the United States but is also cultivated in Central Europe. Native Americans use tightly bound White Sage bundles as smudges to clear negative energy and ward off evil spirits from sacred spaces.
Medicinally, White Sage is used to treat eczema and open wounds because of its antiseptic properties, Alzheimer's by improving cognitive function and memory, Diabetes by regulating insulin levels, as well as to sooth and reduce painful heavy menstruation in women. This herb can be used as a gargle to relieve sore throat, to treat sinus infections, headaches, nausea and indigestion, and to soothe digestion.
White sage makes a nice edition to herbal shampoos and deodorants, because of its antiseptic properties and warm earthy scent.
White Sage Tea: Place one sage leaf in one cup of cold water, bring water and leaf to a gentle simmer and remove from heat. Do not bring water to a boil, high temperatures will destroy important essential oils on sage leaves. Enjoy one cup daily.