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Scientific Name: Salvia apiana
Alternative Names: Sacred sage, Bee sage, White sage

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Salvia apiana
Salvia apiana


  • Perennial
  • White Sage is a coastal shrub native to southern California and parts of Mexico.
  • It is an evergreen perennial that can grow up to 1.5m tall.
  • White sage is strongly aromatic, with a powerful and slightly acrid sage smell.
  • About 100 white flowers with tiny lavender spots and streaks are born onto 1 to 1.3m long flower stalks.
  • The flowers are very attractive to bees, insects and birds.
  • It needs full sun.

Culinary Uses

  • The seeds are widely used as a staple food by Native American groups on the Pacific coast of the United States.
  • They can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • It can be mixed with cereals such as oats or wheat, toasted and then ground into a fine powder and eaten dry.
  • The seeds can be mixed with wheat flour and sugar for gruel or biscuits.
  • It can be soaked overnight and used as a drink in water or fruit juice.
  • The seeds are also used as a spice and the leaves are used in cooking.

Parts Used

  • The seeds, leaves, stems and roots.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Native American woman used to make a tea from the roots for healing and strength after childbirth.
  • An infusion of the leaves is used as a blood tonic and as a treatment for sore throats, coughs, chest colds and upper respiratory infections.

Other Uses

  • The whitish leaves have oils and resins that release a strong aroma when rubbed.
  • Some Native American tribes consider White Sage to be sacred and burn the leaves as incense for purification ceremonies.
  • Today smudging with White Sage, has been adopted into a number of modern belief systems, including many forms of New Age and eclectic Neo-pagan spirituality, such as modern Wicca.
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