Salvia officinalis

Sawge (Old English)

Native to

Mediterrean region of Europe, Asia Minor, and Northern Africa

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake and to ensure we recognize any appropriation that we may make in our use of a plant, we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

  • Leaves whenever they are looking happy and healthy

  • Antigalactagogue

  • Anti-Inflammatory

  • Antimicrobial

  • Antioxidant

  • Antisudorific

  • Astringent

  • Carminative

  • Choleretic

  • Circulatory Stimulant

  • Diaphoretic

  • Emmenagogue

  • Expectorant

  • Nervine

  • Nootropic

  • Tonic

Divinities & Mythos

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Jupiter

  • Element(s): Air, Earth

  • Gender: Masculine

  • Sign: Sagittarius

  • Chakra: Crown

Warning: Appropriation + Large Quantity Ingestion

The use of Salvia spp. (there are 900 salvia varieties) as a "smudge" (stolen language as there are no white cultures that utilize such a term without taking it from brown folx) has become a heavy burden on what few native reservations that we have left in the United States. We suggest using culinary sage or whatever sage you cultivate yourself.

If you wish to use blue and white sages (and by all means, do), we STRONGLY advise that you purchase it on reservation lands from which its been wildcrafted. Many "wildcrafted" sage cleansing wands have done so on indigenous lands without the permission or commercial equity of the tribe. 

In large quantities, sage can be poisonous but is generally considered to be safe. Some varieties of sage have stronger components that may change its volatility.

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Sage in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Sage.

Magical Properties

  • Ancestral Magic

  • Banishing

  • Clarity

  • Cleansing

  • Clear Path

  • Exorcism

  • Fertility

  • Grounding

  • Home Blessing

  • Immortality

  • Intuition

  • Longevity

  • Luck

  • Memory

  • Mental Acuity and Power

  • Prosperity

  • Protection

  • Psychic Abilities

  • Purification

  • Wisdom

  • Wishes

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?