Sage is a common plant around the world, but there are different varieties of sage. Let’s take a look at two prominent sages used today: clary sage and white sage. Is one a better choice when used for clearing out negativity, asking for blessings or healing?
Clary sage is from the Lamiaceae family. It’s been used as an herbal medicine for centuries, as well as in spells and even in beer to enhance the intoxicating effect. It’s character is yang, and it helps with digestive issues, circulation, for skin conditions, nervous disorders, and overall rejuvenation.
Clary sage was called slarea, by the Romans, the word meaning “clear”, and was used as an eyewash. Spiritually clary sage gives strength, helps us reduce stress, and connects us to the “dreamworld”.
White sage is Salvia apiana, and is native to southwest america. It is used to create white sage sticks, bundled and tied for ceremonial use, or a few leaves can be placed in an abalone shell and ignited to produce the smoke used for smudging.
White sage is used in ceremonies to fend off negative energies, for blessings, healing and purification. It has also been used in the past to treat coughs and colds, in a sweat bath, and as a tonic. It can be used to purify the air in a home or building when there has been illness. As a tea white sage is anti-inflammatory and has been used to treat ulcerative conditions. The qualities of this herb may help in menopause, but this herb should not be ingested by pregnant women.
Clary Sage or White Sage – Which should I use?
Both white sage and clary sage can be easily purchased today through the internet. Both have medicinal properties, and are healing and calming. White sage is more common for use in sage smudging while clary may be more popular as an essential oil or for incense burning.
Remember that the herbs themselves are like the fuel, but our intention and our actions are the vehicle and driver. Either of these powerful aromatherapy herbs will work when combined with your dedication and pure intentions. Write what you would like, give the past the opportunity to release, and set a new tone for your next step in life.
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