Sage

(Salvia officinalis)

 

 
 

This perennial herb, also known as edible sage or garden sage, has a strong and distinct flavor. The word sage comes from the Latin "salvare"which translates as "to heal".

The leaves are oval and grayish green and the flowers are blue or purple and grow in whorls. Sage can grow up to 30 inches high and 24 inches wide. Sage is very easy to grow from cuttings or seeds. Grow the herb in a sunny location in rich, well-drained soil in a sunny location. Sow 1-2 weeks before last spring frost with about 25 inches between plants. The plant matures in about 75 days. Harvest the leaves before the plant bloom.

Take internally (tea, tincture) for gas, colds, irregular bleeding, fever, nausea, diarrhea, dysentery, anxiety, tension, to calm indigestion and for sore throat. Sage can also relieve tonsillitis, asthma and sinusitis.

You can take 4 ml tincture three times a day. Apply externally (oil) for insect bites, cuts and bacterial infections in wounds. You can also use sage to rinse your hair to stimulate the hair growth and to remove dandruff.

Since sage is a powerful antiseptic it helps to remove plaque and it will also help you make your teeth whiter. Rub leaves on your teeth or add some crushed leaves directly to your toothpaste.

If you are having heavy periods you can try to rub some sage oil (mixed with vegetable oil) on your lower belly. Sage may also help you cut down perspiration (night sweats or nervous sweating). There are many ways to enjoy sage. Add some dried sage leaves to vegetables like tomatoes, dried beans, onions and eggplant. Part used: Leaves, stems and flowers.

Don't use if you are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. Don't take large doses for more than two weeks.

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