Sage is native plant that Native peoples have used for years. A “Smudge”, or bundle of sage, can be burned and used for spiritual sessions. Even when treating a stressed, sick, or injured victim, smoking sage was always used to support the other treatments. So, what is the big deal with sage?
It turns out that Sage really can be helpful. Sage contains ingredients that make it an antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Recent studies have shown that a burning smudge of sage reduced airborne bacteria, fungi, and viruses by 94%. Disinfecting the air, in a contained space, is so important when ill.
Sage eliminates plant and human pathogenic bacteria for over 24 hours. Its effects can last up to 30 days. The smoke is also a useful insect repellant. Smearing the oil from the leaves or twigs, onto your skin also helps discourage biting insects.
A chemical called” thujone” is found in Sage. This chemical is mildly psychoactive which boosts intuition, cognition, and acts as an antifatigue drug. Sage also is useful to reduce stress and promote better sleep.
Sage also grows I special places where the deer and antelope roam!
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