Artemisia of the Week: CALIFORNIA SAGEBRUSH

Species: Artemisia californica

Common names: California sagebrush, Coastal sagebrush, California sagewort, California mugwort

History/Folklore: Native to California, California Sagebrush is a shrub that can attain a height of 5-8 feet whose leaves have a strong sage like aroma. It provides a habitat for several animal species, most importantly the rare and endangered California gnatcatcher.

Native Americans utilized California Sagebrush as a decoction to treat menstrual problems as well as aid in childbirth. As a poultice, it was also utilized for toothaches and wounds. It was also smoked ceremonially as well as used in sweat lodges.

Has a wispy appearance with its soft somewhat hairy leaves on slender stems.

Parts Used: leaves

Collection: Harvest and dry in mid-summer. Cut stems and hang to dry.

Actions: diaphoretic, emmenagogue, bitter.
Indications:  promotes sweating, regulates menstruation, aids in digestion.

Counter indications: Avoid during pregnancy.

 Cultivation: Perennial to zone 7. Prefers dry soil. Propagation is layering or cuttings.

Light: Full sun

Zones : 7-9

Plant Type: Perennial, Herb, Shrub

About Airmeith Naturals

Anna has over 25 years of experience working with herbs. She trained as a chef specializing in classical French cuisine. Anna has extensive knowledge of herbs used in cooking, as well as having researched the historic use of culinary herbs & spices. She is a Certified Community Herbalist who has completed multiple apprenticeships and classes with renowned Herbalists along with her own studies. Her concentration is in Western European Herbal Practices. She has attended college for Environmental Science as well as earning her certificate in Massage Therapy and is licensed in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Anna is a Certified Reiki Master Teacher. Anna lives in Western Massachusetts with her family and has over an acre of gardens to play in. Anna is the herbalist at Airmeith Naturals in Holyoke Massachusetts
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