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Witchy Wednesday - Sage

Witchy Wednesday - Sage Sage is a perennial, evergreen sub shrub, with woody stems, greyish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers, growing to around 2ft. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae and native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world. Its true name Salvia officinalis has numerous common names. Some of the best-known are sage, common sage, garden sage, golden sage, kitchen sage, true sage, culinary sage, Dalmatian sage, and broadleaf sage. Cultivated forms include purple sage and red sage. As we know it is used in cooking all over the world as it has a great taste and In Britain, sage has for generations been listed as one of the essential herbs, along with parsley, rosemary, and thyme (as in the folk song "Scarborough Fair"). It has a savory, slightly peppery flavor. Sage appears in the 14th and 15th centuries in a "Cold Sage Sauce", known in French, English and Lombard cookery, probably traceable to its appearance in Le Viandier de Taillevent. The Dutch in the 17th century traded Sage for tea with the Chinese. The name Salvia derives from the Latin word Salveo, "to heal" or "to save." Sage tea has antiseptic qualities and makes a good gargle for sore throats. Magickally 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. White sage is sacred in many Shamanic and Native American belief systems and is used in smudging, and other, ceremonies to purify the body. Sage was used medicinally in Egyptian, Roman, and Greek medicine. 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.

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