Sage is a perennial, evergreen shrub, also called; Salvia Officinalis, with woody stems, blue-grey flowers and fuzzy greyish leaves. Often, and frequently used in cooking – and whilst it is very tasty, it is more than just a culinary herb. In fact, the very meaning of the name ‘Salvia’ means to heal, or to salve, (meaning to soothe) deriving from latin. It’s one of the staple herbs that many Wiccans will have in their repertoire, so that they can frequently use in their spells, tinctures and potions. It’s a powerful magical herb.
Sage is used to promote wisdom and bring in good luck. It builds emotional strength and may help to heal grief. Magickally, Sage is associated with protection and the granting of wishes. It appears in countless spells of kitchen witchery, especially those stemming from European traditions.
Sage is available in both fresh and dried forms. If you wish to try to grow your own, take heart: Sage prospers in most home gardens (even in pots). However, it is said to be unlucky to plant it for yourself. Get a seedling from a friend or have someone else do the job. Sage is said to love company—it is similarly unlucky to plant the herb in a pot or flowerbed by itself. Sage grows well in most temperate climates.
Sage leaves and bundles retain their shape well when dried and make an attractive addition to sachets and potpourri bowls. When crushed, the dried herb is added to purification incenses.
So, in my magical practices, Sage is my number one go to herb, for a wide variety of uses. Mainly, I like to use Sage for cleansing. When I am smudging my bedroom, or the whole house, it is Sage that I use. Or for cleansing my crystals, or any of my magical tools.
In Witchcraft, Sage has an abundance of magical properties. Sage is known as the ultimate Witches herb and it is also a most sacred herb. Since ancient times, sage has been used by shamans and witchcraft, especially in rituals and white magic spells. One of its main functions is to cleanse and purify energy from incense and burnt leaves, as the smoke of sage is considered to contain purifying energies.
In magical spells and rites, Sage has a variety of uses, but is most commonly used for: Cleansing, Blessing, Healing, Protection, Purification, Immortality, Prosperity, Positive Energies and also for The Crone aspect of the Goddess, for dispelling any evil spirits, protection from negative Magic and also for enhancing the psychic abilities.
Burning sage is useful to eliminate the person’s bad energies if we surround a person’s body with a sage candle. When burning Sage in a magical spell, it is the sacred smoke from the Sage that does the cleansing of the crystals, the magical tools, or the negative energies.
Correspondences of Sage
Sage’s reputation for wisdom, protection, and good luck cast it squarely into the bounds of Jupiter. Like that most paternal of planets, Sage’s energy brings prosperity and guards over the home. The leaves even contain trace amounts of tin—a Jupiter metal.
However, it should be noted that some writers (including Christopher Penczak) list it with Moon herbs. Sage often has a white or blue-gray cast and is associated with the wisdom of the Crone.
The usual elemental tag for this fresh-smelling herb is Air. However, given Sage’s loyalty to hearth and home and links to manifestation magick, an alternative correspondence could be Earth.
Sage is also linked to Manifestation Magic. It has a wide spectrum of magical and enchanting properties and is a must have herb for any Witch. When you are seeking knowledge or guidance in your Craft, Sage is also the ideal herb to burn as insence for that specific purpose. For many, many years, Sage has also been used in tea, not only for its medicinal values, but for its healing and spiritual values too. Using Sage tea has been long known to have great health benefits for your body and your mind. But do not ingest any Sage at all if you are pregnant!!
How to use sage in health and magic rituals
Sage is used above all in infusions, to benefit from its medicinal properties, and in incense, for magical rituals and spells.
🌿 Write a wish on Sage leaf and burn it to release your intention. Alternatively, place the leaf under your pillow at night to dream of how your goal will be achieved.
🌿 Carry a Sage leaf in your wallet to attract money.
🌿 Burn Sage incense when seeking knowledge or guidance on a difficult decision.
🌿 Add Sage oil, incense, or herbs to any spell to temper the results with wisdom.
🌿 People who prefer not to use White Sage, either because of allergies or cultural sensitivity, may use Common Sage instead.
There are also other ways to use sage:
1. Sage tea
Sage tea is an effective remedy against diarrhea and menstrual cramps, for the healing of mouth sores and infections, and for promoting digestion.
For a cup of water use 5 or 6 dried sage leaves. Let it boil and when it is boiling add the leaves. Let it boil between 10 and 15 minutes, and when it cools down, you can drink your sage tea. If you want to eliminate liquids, add lemon juice, two teaspoons of cinnamon and bay leaf to the infusion. For sore throat, add honey or cayenne.
2. Sage wine
Sage wine is used to enhance the effects of this plant for menstrual cramps. Put a handful of sage, about 50 grams, into a bottle full of white wine. Let it macerate for 15 days in a dark and cool place, remembering to shake the mixture every day. Strain the preparation and squeeze the plant to release its active ingredients.
One glass a day will be ideal for those menstrual cramps, to improve digestion and to lower blood sugar. The same recommendation can be followed to prepare lavender essential oil, changing the white wine for olive oil. Lavender oil is very good for beauty treatments.
3. Sage incense
Sage incense is ideal for disinfecting and is also used to scare away evil spirits and eliminate evil energies.
For sage incense, it is preferable to use the dried leaves of the plant, group them in a casserole and light them over low heat. When it starts to smoke, extinguish the flame and let it burn slowly. Sage smoke releases powerful effects for purification and can be used for rituals or by spreading the smoke throughout the rooms of the house.
4. Sage herb bath
In a large bowl, add a handful of rosemary, a little thyme, and some sage, and add some verbena leaves. Boil all the herbs together for half an hour, remove from heat and leave to cool.
Sage is recognized as safe to use as a cooking ingredient. However, Sage contains the chemical compound thujone, which affects the nervous system. Ritual or medicinal use of Sage may intensify the sedative effects of some medications. Avoid during pregnancy.
Excessive or extended consumption of the essential oil or leaves can be toxic. Do not take Sage oil internally, and limit consumption of Sage tea to a reasonable quantity.
Scent Profile: Woody, Herbaceous, Sweet (sometimes Fruity, Nutty, or Lemony)
Correspondences: Jupiter, Air/Earth
Occult properties of herbs are provided for historical interest only, and no outcome is guaranteed. Nothing on this blog should be taken as medical or legal advice. Please use herbs responsibly 🙂