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This past week I was teaching at the AARM (Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine) conference in San Diego. It was a fascinating conference geared towards medical professionals. I am pleased to say that my classes were well received and while in sunny San Diego I got a chance to take some time and tour the San Diego Botanical Garden. One of the plants I came across is a wonderful southern California native, White Sage (Salvia apiana). This plant is perhaps best known as a smudging herb used for clearing away negativity, anger and fear. Personally, I prefer the native eastern Red Cedar or northeastern Flat Cedar for this purpose. I primarily use White Sage as a medicinal plant. It can do everything garden Sage can do but is stronger and more active. It makes a phenomenal gargle for sore throats, gum disease, aphthous stomatitis, or thrush. In addition, it is one of only three herbs that I know of that will reduce prostatic swelling due to BPH. It is an antibacterial to the gastrointestinal tract and can be used to help treat gastritis, gastric or duodenal ulcers, and diarrhea, as well as relieving gas, bloating and borborygmus. Like garden Sage it will help to inhibit prolactin and dry up breast milk secretions when weaning a child. I have also used this herb twice, along with Chaste Tree, to help shrink prolactinomas (pituitary tumors) and stop the inappropriate lactation caused by these benign tumors. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that adding one or two leaves (no more!) to a pot of chicken soup makes for some of the best tasting chicken soup you've ever had.
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