Sage is an awesome medicinal herb.

As an Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-hydrotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, astringent, it’s good to know in case of 1st aid emergency out in the boondocks. Sage is available abundantly in Southern California.

In case of minor accident, tear off a leaf and clean the wound, it will also help disinfect it.

Interesting properties for calming. To counteract the sugar crazies in kids for example… or just get them relaxed for bedtime. (Add some Frankincense if you really want to knock out early.)

Sprinkle Sage on meals. Smoke up a bundle, let it waft around the house. Breathe it in.

I also burn sage to smoke up the house every other month to kill mold. Fumigate for an hour with windows closed.

It’s good to breathe a little yourself in the process. It works well to kill pulmonary infections.

Some even say it drives away evil spirits… although I can’t validate that by experience. I do know it attracts hippies.

Black Sage makes a really lovely tea. Just drop in a sprig with some honey in hot water.

This will soothe your throat quick and help wipe out whatever ails ya..

I added a huge bunch to a hot bath and wow, it really felt great and smelled amazing. I was so relaxed afterwards and my skin felt great. My hair looks lighter, blonder. I used the bunch like a loofa to scrub with.

I even tried eating some raw leaves. Black Sage has a nice strong taste with hints of mint. I love this stuff. It’s one of the most useful and enjoyable herbs I have studied.

More on the subject of Sage:

Playlist of clips about Black Sage

The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D.

After taking the sage extract, the subjects felt more alert, calm, and contented, and the benefits lasted for several hours afterward. Dosage: For supplements, follow the label directions regarding dosage. For cooking, mince sage or use whole leaves to season chicken or turkey.

Here are some other nice benefits

Antiseptic and antibacterial
Sage has been used effectively for throat infections, dental abscesses, infected gums and mouth ulcers. The phenolic acids in sage are particularly potent against Staphylococcus aureus. In vitro, sage oil has been shown to be effective against both Escherichia coli and Salmonella species, and against filamentous fungi and yeasts such as Candida albicans. Sage also has an astringent action due to its relatively high tannin content and can be used in the treatment of infantile diarrhoea.
Its antiseptic action is of value where there is intestinal infection.

Reduces muscle tension
Sage has an anti-spasmodic action which reduces tension in smooth muscle, and it can be used in a steam inhalation for asthma attacks. It is an excellent remedy for helping to remove mucous congestion in the airways and for checking or preventing secondary infection.

There also seems to be a more general relaxant effect, so that the plant is suitable in the treatment of nervousness, excitability and dizziness.

Improve memory
It is thought that sage is similar to Rosemary in its ability to improve brain function and memory. In a study involving 20 healthy volunteers sage oil caused indicated improvements in word recall and speed of attention. Meanwhile the activity of sage and its constituents have been investigated in the search for new drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease with promising results.

It has some amazing properties

Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-hydrotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, aromatic, astringent, carminative, emmenagogue, oestrogenic, relaxant, spasmolytic, vermifuge.

Indicated for Aiding digestion, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, bacterial & fungal infections, biliousness, bites, calming and stimulating the nervous system, candida, colds, coughs, dental abscesses, diarrhoea (infantile), dysmenorrhoea, encouraging healing, excessive menstrual bleeding, flatulent dyspepsia, gastrointestinal upset, gingivitis, glossitis, headache (nervous), hot flashes (menopausal sweats) hyperhidrosis, improving memory, indigestion, infected gums, intestinal infection, insect bites, irregular and scanty periods, joint paint, kidney problems, lack of appetite, lethargy, liver complaints, lungs or stomach haemorrhaging, measles, mouth ulcers, night sweats, oral inflammation, palsy, perspiration (excessive), pharyngitis, phthisis, quinsy, reducing lactation, rheumatism, rhinitis, skin, throat, mouth and gum infections, soothing the digestive tract, stimulating upper digestive secretions, intestinal mobility, bile flow, and pancreatic function, stings, stomatitis, strengthening the nervous system, throat infections, typhoid fever, uvulitis, vaginal discharge. Taken internally or as a gargle or mouthwash; galactorrhoea, hyperhydrosis, inflammations of the mouth, tongue or throat.

More good info

Funny how many of the spices we use are actually medicine… Cayenne is amazing. It will stop profuse bleeding in seconds and has been documented to stop heart attacks. Some claim it even brings people back from the dead.

I know from experience those first two are legit…

If I die, stick some cayenne in me and we’ll see about the rest.

Either way, that’s some serious stuff to keep in the 1st Aid kit.