I mainly grow sage in pots for its medical properties. I grew up on sage tea as it was always available in the garden when lemons are not. Also, I think its more effective than just honey and lemon. It’s simple to make, just a few fresh or dried leaves steeped in hot water. My aunts would disagree whether the sage should be chopped to let the oil out or left whole for a milder flavour. I grow my sage in pots, and when the plant is looking tired, I take cuttings and use the rest of the plant for smudge sticks. My daughter loves helping make smudge sticks and the whole family use them. Even hubby is a believer in smudging.
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1 Cup of nearly boiling water
1 tbsp of fresh sage leaves – whole or chopped
Honey to sweeten
Add the sage leaves to a teapot (or an infuser placed in a cup).
Heat the water in a kettle, turning it off just before it boils, and pour over the teapot or infuser.
Leave to stand for ten minutes before straining.
Sweeten with honey.
My daughter the trainee pharmacist reminds folks that sage tea is not recommended if pregnant or taking diabetes, sedative or anticonvulsant medications.
GROWING SAGE IN A CONTAINER
Sage does well in a container. Simply grow in normal potting compost and keep the pot fairly dry, in a warm, sunny position. Prune once a year and feed with a liquid feed every fortnight during the growing season. Sage doesn’t like soggy roots so make sure your pots have lots of drainage.
Sage leaves are easy to harvest. Simply cut off the leaves with scissors or pinch them off with your fingers. Sage is best used fresh, although the leaves can be placed in a plastic bag and frozen to use throughout the winter months. The leaves can also be dried, simply harvest them on a dry day and store in a warm, dry room until they are crumbly to touch. Then store the crumbled leaves in an airtight container and store out of direct sunlight.
HOW TO MAKE A SAGE SMUDGE STICK
You will need:
cotton string or natural twine.
scissors and secateurs
- First of all you need to gather the sage which you are going to burn in your smudge stick bundle. Tied with twine and hang in a cool place to dry
- Once the sage has dried you are ready to make your smudge stick.
- Tie the bundle at the base with a secure knot.
- Starting in the centre, wrap the string toward the top of the bundle before returning to the base. Be sure to crisscross tightly, but not to the point where you crush the contents. Cut off any excess string.
- Hang the bundle upside down in a cool, dry place for at least a week.
- Now it’s time to smudge! Light one end evenly over a heat-safe bowl and let it burn for a few seconds, before putting out the flame. Set an intention and carefully use the smoking sage stick to cleanse your space.