Sage is a shrubby perennial herb of the mint family, native to the Mediterranean and Middle East, that has been naturalized around the globe. There are over 500 varieties of sage that grow throughout tropic and temparate zones; and most are medicinally useful. Only a handful of Sage varieties are used in cooking. Sage plants have woody stems, greyish leaves, and blueish purple flowers. In Ancient Rome, Sage was used to supposedly enhance memory, reduce the pain of sore throats, reduce bloating and heartburn, help in cancer treatment, and more.
History and Folklore:
Salvia, is from the Latin salvare, to save, or to be well. In ancient Rome, Sage was used cerimonially and was associated with immortality. Theophrastus of ancient Greece is said to have called Sage the coronary herb because it flushed disease from the body which, in turn, eased undue strain on the heart.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest the leaves at almost any time during the spring or summer. Ideally before the plant flowers. You can pick the leaves off individually, or cleanly cut off stems near the root and strip the leaves off. The leaves can be used fresh or dried. The flowers are edible and can be used as cake decorations.
Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Do not use if you have epilepsy. Do not use for extended periods.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antispasmotic, Antiviral, Astringent, Carminative, Emmenagogue. Anticancer, Antinociceptive, Antioxidant, Hypoglycemic, and Hypolipidemic
Common Sage, Garden Sage, Golden Sage, Kitchen Sage, True Sage, Culinary Sage, Dalmatian sage, and Broadleaf Sage.
Salvia apiana, S.arizonica, S. azurea, S. carduacea, S.clevelandii, S. dorrii, S. farinacea, S. greggii, S. lemmonii, S. leucophylla, S. mohavensis, S. spathacea
Tincture Ingredients: Sage (Salvia officinalis)
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