In Latin, “salvare” means to heal and salvia – the species name for sage – is a direct divination. Sage heals. Throughout history, sage has been used in ceremonies and for medicinal purposes. Sage is found in the Russian steppes and throughout western North America. It is incredibly adaptable and can survive extreme temperatures and droughts. Sage has been used to treat night sweats, hot flashes and headaches. The Navajo, in addition to using sage in ceremonies, used it to treat headaches and fever. They made infusions of leaves to cure intestinal worms in their sheep and goats. They applied hot poultices to the leaves to relieve migraines. The 49ers made sage poultices to help heal gunshot wounds.
They put them in medicine bags to protect sacred objects. Before entering a sweat lodge, sage is used to purify the body. During the sacred sun dance, dancers wear sage bracelets and anklets for protection and purification.
You can use sage in your own life to increase your energy, cleanse your space and invite protection.
Every person, stone, plant, animal and house has an auric field that can attract and capture negativity. If this energy is not purified, it can create illness and depression. Our aura extends around our physical body and is constantly receiving information. When we are in the presence of negative and angry people or in houses and stores that have witnessed arguments, screams and sadness, our aura absorbs this energy like a sponge. Just as we must cleanse our body once a day, we must also cleanse our energetic body. Getting dirty with sage allows us to do this quickly and effectively.
You can find sticks and sage in bulk online or in metaphysics stores. They are inexpensive and easy to use.