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How did Native Americans use sage?

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Native Americans used sage for purifying, cleansing and healing in religious ceremonies, smudging rituals and medicines. The religious ceremonies called for mixing sage with other plants and smoking it in sacred pipes that removed the presence of evil spirits and communicated messages to the spirits.

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Many tribes used sage in smudging rituals to cleanse the village of evil spirits and attract good fortune. They also used sage medicinally to cleanse the body of negative influences and restore the natural balance of the body and mind. Medicine men used sage as an antiseptic and an astringent and as a salve for treating lesions of the skin, mouth and gums, burns, and problems with the scalp and hair. They also used sage to treat a variety of ailments such as tonsillitis, kidney stones, gall stones, liver disorders and depression.

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