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Sage, White (Salvia apiana)



Areas of application:

Cough cold

Plant parts used:

leaves, roots

Collection time:

summer and autumn

To find:

In North America, in dry areas.


Tannins, bitter substances, flavonoids, resins, essential oils, thujone


White sage is a shrub that can grow to between 120 and 150 cm high and about 120 cm wide. When crushed, the whitish leaves release oils and resins that give them a strong scent. The white to pale flowers appear in spring and bloom throughout the summer. They grow on many long flower stalks, sometimes colored pink. The petals are folded back and the stamens hang down the sides.

🛑 White sage can cause sweating, cramps, nausea and cardiac arrhythmias after a meal containing more than six grams per person or in people who are particularly sensitive to it.

The root tea is said to give strength and healing properties during childbirth. White sage should not be taken during pregnancy until the time of delivery has come.

The white sage should not be confused with the real sage (Salvia officinalis), which I also have in the blog (see below). The difference between the two is that white sage is used more for incense and real sage is used in the kitchen as a spice. Both also differ greatly in their areas of application.

The leaves of white sage are used as a hair shampoo and for cleaning. To cleanse a house or room of negative energy, burn a sage leaf in the room.

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