Ahhhh...One of my favorite herbs. The herb of wisdom and truth. Sage has long been burned to purify and cleanse a space. The ancients burned dried sprigs of sage in temples and during religious rituals.
In magic, carry sage leaves in your wallet or purse to promote financial gain. Burn leaves to increase wisdom or gain guidance from your spirit guide. Make a wish and write it on a sage leaf, and then hide it beneath your pillow -- if you dream about your wish over the next three nights, your wish will come true. (Source: About.com)
It can be made into a tea to promote healing, and can be burned to rid a room of negative energy.
Sage is bound to Jupiter and Air. It is believed that if you place some Sage (or burn it) near an object belonging to someone in need of healing, that healing will take place more quickly.
It is also said that the condition of the Sage plant itself in your garden is an indication of your prosperity.
I love to cook with sage. Thanksgiving back in 1999, I believe, I made an amazing Sage Stuffing that everyone simply devoured. I also burn sage after doing a house cleansing or spring cleaning. I burn and smudge all the corners and doorways within my home.
Other Names: Garden sage
Planetary Connection: Jupiter
Traditional Sage Dressing
1 cup melted butter
1 cup minced fresh parsley
3 cups chopped onions
3 cups minced celery (stalks and leaves)
salt and black pepper, to taste
16 slices white bread, dried and broken into small pieces
2 cups chicken broth
6 tablespoons minced fresh sage
- Saute the onions and celery in 4 tablespoons butter until soft.
- 2 In a large bowl, toss the dried bread, sage, parsley, salt, and pepper.
- 3 Add the onion mixture along with the remaining melted butter to the bread mixture.
- 4 Beat the egg and add to the mixture.
- 5 Toss until well mixed.
- 6 Add the broth slowly while tossing mixture to moisten thoroughly, making sure to not make the stuffing soupy.
- 7 Stuff the turkey or bake alongside in a greased casserole, in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes.