White Sage (Salvia apiana) takes its surname straight from our pollinating friends. This desert sage loves the sun and I am loving this sunny winter day we are having in Northern California. This weather has me feeling like I am back in the high desert home of white sage. We make the white sage into an oil and use the salve on every gnarly cut, scrape, wound and infection. I find it especially great for tick bites on humans and animals. Anytime you get a tick bite I would apply this immediately even if you don’t see redness or discoloration (at which point it is even more indicated).
White sage is a major ingredient in our Heavy Duty salve along with Chaparral, Cypress and Black Walnut. The salve is great for tick bites, fungal outbreaks of all kinds including athlete’s foot, infected wounds and abrasions,etc. etc. I like this for animal doctoring a lot because it is so broad spectrum and the bees wax helps it stay in place until you can reapply. Even if a dog licks it off, they are getting the medicine in their bodies!
Add some Heavy Duty Salve to your medicine cabinet or first aid kit:
1/2 tins for $5.
2oz. tins for $12.
Of course, the tincture is valuable as well and can be used for all the purposes described above. Sage is also drying and is a prime remedy for hot flashes, night sweats and excess fluid loss of any kind. We like to gargle with a white sage tincture at the first sign of a sore throat. The leaves of the white sage are a favorite of smudge sticks and sacred incense for their cleansing and detoxifying smoke.
1 0z. White Sage Tincture $10