Sage, in various forms, is ever present in my home. I can be seen wandering from room to room with a lit sprig of sage purifying the air and clearing negative energies. I use essential oil for various remedies, anointing and household purification.
When I was reading and came across sagebrush, because sage is such a part of my life, I thought ‘sage,’ and was about to move on until my eye caught this:
They are Mother Nature’s promise that even in the midst of such unnatural destruction life will spring anew.
This is the signature of the Artemisias, showing that they are the remedy for devastation in human life.
I am sure those last four words Hoyt your attention and if so read on. But first, I need to back track with some basics to connect sagebrush and Artemisia.
Sagebrush – Artemisia
The following is from Wikipedia. Sagebrush is but one of between 200-400 plants belonging to the Artemisia clan.
These are examples of the basic look of these plants.
The Artemisia aka the Wormwood family of plants grow in desolate areas such as the Russian Steppes and rangelands of western North America. They inhabit road cuts, artificial landfills and over grazed pastures. If there is some form of devastation you will like find a member of this family growing.
Another signature is found in the proverbial bitterness of Wormwood, often referred to as the “most bitter of all herbs.” This is Nature’s signal to us that the Artemisias are for the most bitter experiences to which life is prone.
Paracelsus is quoted as having asked, “What is Venus but the Artemisia in your garden?” Makes you wonder what such a dried up, bitter and unattractive type plant could have to do with Venus, the Goddess of Love.
But, it does make sense if you stop and think of human relationships, once filled with the sweetness of love, all too often ending in stinging, bitter and devastating breakups and divorces.
A broken relationship can often leave one with a bitter taste and possibly a hardened heart where no love can enter or grow.
I’ve often suggested this is the reason hardening of the arteries is so prevalent; our hard hearted, head strong, stubborn, bitter and unforgiving attitudes. We are prone to not wanting to be the first to admit wrong or give in.
In these conditions, aren’t we much like the desolate ground where sagebrush will grow? Then it does make since that an herbal remedy or tincture of sagebrush/wormwood would work on healing our bitter and broken hearts; our dried up love and hardened hearts.
It is in the most intimate areas of the human life that we are most susceptible to devastation.
We are the perfect grounds of devastation and desolation for Mother Nature’s sagebrush to do its magic.
Something bothering you? Find out which plant best resembles your condition and it will likely be a remedy.
Other Uses for Sagebrush
There is a cautionary on the internal use of this plant in too high doses as it can be toxic.
Sagebrush was widely utilized as medicine by First Nations peoples. Some uses are:
- headaches – a fresh poultice was put on the head, other times a decoction was poured over the head; fresh leaves were placed in the nostrils
- general anodyne for relieving rheumatic pain or pain caused by trauma. For this purpose it was used as a soaking herb either in a full bath or as a foot soak
- strongly antimicrobial, especially antifungal and was used for all sorts of infections such as athletes foot, dandruff and for baby’s diaper rashes
- stomach disorder, digestive complaints. Some have simply chewed on a leaf and found relief
- wormwood tincture is used for treating intestinal parasites and worms. They hate it!
- an antidote to poisonous bites, including water snakes and fire ants
- sagebrush seeds have been used as a famine food. They were harvested, then ground to be used as a flour
As I indicated there are 200-400 plants that belong to this family. Tarragon is a common household herb used in many dishes and is a member.