This is a most prized herbal for the sage lover. White sage is often called the grandfather of sage. This sage was traditionally used to purify and protect the home. Very few West Coast USA, Native American ceremonies are without this power aromatic cleanser.
Leaves eaten, smoked and used in the sweathouse for colds.
Crushed leaves and water used as a hair shampoo, dye and hair straightener.
Poultice of fresh, crushed leaves applied before retiring to the armpits for body odors.
Seeds used as eye cleansers.
Leaves used to prevent bad luck if a menstruating woman accidentally touched hunting equipment.
Decoction of leaves taken for colds.
Decoction of leaves taken for a serious case of poison oak that "has entered the blood."
(Misc. Disease Remedy)
Leaves burned in hot coals to fumigate the house after a case of sickness such as measles.
Infusion of roots taken to heal internally and remove particles of afterbirth.
Infusion of leaves taken as a tonic for the blood.
Infusion of leaves taken as a cough medicine.
Leaves used as flavoring for mush.
Cahuilla Food (Staple)
Parched seeds ground into a flour and used to make mush.
Young stalks eaten raw.
Seeds eaten for food.