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White Sage (Artemisia ludoviciana gnaphalodes)

A. gnaphalodes. Nutt.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
White Sage
Artemisia ludoviciana gnaphalodes

Bunches of the plants have been used as towels[257].

The plant can be burnt as an incense[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    An infusion of the plant is used to treat stomach problems, coughs, colds, headaches etc[61, 257]. A decoction of the leaves is used as a bath to treat fevers and can be applied as a wash to sores, rashes, itches, skin eruptions etc[257]. An infusion of the leaves has been used as an eyewash[257].

    The powdered leaves can be applied to the nostrils to stop nose bleeds, sprinkled on sores they will hasten the healing process[257].

    The crushed plant can be rubbed on the body as a liniment to treat rheumatic joints, soreness or stiffness[257].

    The plant can be placed in the shoes to keep the feet from sweating[257].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, skin contact with some members of this genus can cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions in some people[222].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse, making sure that the compost does not dry out[200]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring or autumn[200]. Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the young shoots when about10 – 15cm long, pot up in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse or cold frame and plant them out when well rooted. Very easy.
Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a warm sunny dry position[1, 200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. Slugs are attracted to the young shoots in spring and have been known to destroy even well-established plants[K]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
N. America – Ontario and Illinois to Alberta, Missouri, Texas and Mexico.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.