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Picking Sage and Great Advice from an Elder


Salvia apiana (White sage, bee sage, or sacred sage in English, qaashil to the Luiseno, shlhtaay or pilhtaay to the Kumeyaay, kasiile to the Tongva, we’wey to the Chumash, qas’ily to the Cahuilla, shaltai to the Paipai, lhtaay to the Cochimi) is an evergreen perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, found mainly in the coastal sage scrub habitat of Southern California and Baja California, on the western edges of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

S. apiana is widely used by Native American groups on the Pacific coast of the United States. The seed was a main ingredient of pinole, a staple food. The Cahuilla harvested large quantities of the seed that was mixed with wheat flour and sugar for gruel or biscuits. The leaves and stems were eaten by the Chumash and other tribes. Several tribes used the seed for removing foreign objects from the eye, similar to the way that Clary sage seeds were used in Europe. A tea from the roots was used by the Cahuilla women for healing and strength after childbirth. The leaves are also burnt by many native American tribes, with the smoke used in different purification rituals.






8 responses

  1. I love sage and all of it’s conotations. I just managed to get one to overwinter here so that’s a big plus for me. Now I have to keep it alive all summer…it never stops around here! 😉

    October 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    • i need some, only have the cooking type 🙂 sage and lavender omg smells so good. cleansing and peaceful

      October 24, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      • 🙂 Nothing like roast chicken and sage stuffing and you are right about sage essential oil with Lavender absolutely gorgeous 🙂

        October 25, 2013 at 7:13 am

      • i know i have to have sage for dressing, yummy

        October 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  2. LOL…Eat your hearts folks, I have lots of Healthy Beatiful Sage plants growing scattered around my veggies garden for repellent purpose…. 😀

    October 30, 2013 at 9:56 am

    • 🙂 Russian sage here lol

      October 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      • Russian, Asian, American or English, so on, to me it is all SAGE 😀
        NOT ?? 😀
        I heard that some certain variety of sage is used to get high….Don’t know which variety…LOL

        October 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      • i have no clue, i know i don’t have the kind used for smudge. i have sage for stuffing/dressing/cooking, it never got me high lol xo

        October 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm

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