White Sage

Salvia apiana

Nice smell of leaves when rubbed

Many of the Californian native tribes people used white sage seeds to clean & heal their sore eyes.

One alarming technique placed the seeds underneath the eyelids before sleep. During the night the seeds would swell & become soft. The seeds collected any foreign material as the person slept and were removed from the eyes in the morning!

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  • Cahuilla women drank an infusion after childbirth to promote internal healing.
  • The Diegueño tribe used the leaves to make a hair shampoo that keeps it from turning grey.
  • Crushed leaves were rubbed on the body as a deodorant especially before hunting.