Uses for White Sage:
- Seeds are ground into a flour and used analogously to polenta to make a porridge
- Leaves are used for flavoring in cooking
- Leaves are also eaten, smoked, or used in a sweathouse as a remedy for colds
- Seeds are dropped into the eye and permitted to roll around under the eyelids in order to cleanse the eyes
- Leaves are crushed and mixed with water to create a hair shampoo, dye, and straightener.
- It can be made into a tea, which decreases sweating, salivation, and mucous secretions in the sinuses, throat, and lungs. Cold tea can be a good stomach tonic, while a lukewarm tea is good for treating sore throats
- White sage is believed to cleanse a space of any evil spirits or ‘negative’ energies that may be present. This power is said to be released from the plant by the burning of the leaves, which are typically bundled into a wand or stick