Sacred in many Shamanic, Indigenous, and Native American belief systems, and ceremonies to purify the body. It has long been used in healing.
An old proverb says “why should a man die who has sage in his garden?”. It was used in the Middle Ages to treat fevers, liver disease and epilepsy. In England, the tea drunk as a healthful tonic. It was also believed to strengthen the memory. An old English custom states that eating Sage every day in May will grant immortality. It was also said that a woman who ate sage cooked in wine would never be able to conceive and its fresh leaves were said to cure warts. It is said that where sage grows well in the garden, the wife rules and that sage will flourish or not depending on the success of the business of the household.
Sage is used in magical workings for immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection and the granting of wishes and is also believed to help alleviate sorrow of the death of a loved one. To make a wish, write your wish on a sage leaf and sleep with it under your pillow for three days and then bury it.
Sage tea has antiseptic qualities and makes a good gargle for sore throats and may boost insulin action, and therefore, a daily cup of tea may be helpful for those with diabetes. Use one or two teaspoons of dried sage leaves to one cup of boiling water.