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Sage, also known as Garden Sage, Common Sage or Culinary Sage, is a low-growing perennial, evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, greyish leaves and blue to purplish flowers. Sage is a member of the Mint family, is native to the Mediterranean and for centuries has grown worldwide. Salvia derives from the Latin salvere (“to save”), referring to the long-held belief in the herb’s healing properties. Sage is a popular herb for culinary and medicinal purposes since the middle ages, and was commonly used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a meat preservative. Sage was officially listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1840 to 1900.
Sage has a pronounced herbal flavor that is earthy, slightly peppery taste with hints of mint and is popular in many European dishes. Used to flavour various proteins, soups, puddings, cheeses, vegetables and stuffing.
Sage was used by the ancient Romans in food to help digest fat. Dioscorides, who was a Greek physician, pharmacologist, botanist and author in 70 AD used a decoction on wounds to stop bleeding, for ulcers and as a tea for sore throats and hoarseness. Dioscorides, Pliny and Galen all recommended Sage as a diuretic, hemostatic, emmenagogue and tonic. The ancient Egyptians used Sage for fertility and in Traditional Chinese Medicine Sage was used for stomach, digestive and nervous system issues.
Traditional Western Herbalists use Sage to support and balance a women’s reproductive system when she is heading into menopause and suffering from hot flashes, night sweats, bleeding gums and erratic or heavy periods.
Sage have been used in traditional medicine for the relief of pain, protecting the body against oxidative stress, free radical damages, angiogenesis, inflammation, bacterial and virus infection
Sage contains minerals and vitamins such as calcium, potassium, magnesium , zinc, vitamins C and B-complex.
When drunken cold the taste and energetics are pungent, bitter and cooling; drunken hot Sage is warming and drying. Sage has an affinity to the pancreas, brain, circulatory system, immune system, women’s reproductive system, respiratory system, digestive system, immune system, musculoskeletal system and nervous system.
As a tea to support irritation in the respiratory system combine Sage with Peppermint, Licorice, Mullein or Red Clover. To support the uterus combine with Red Raspberry Leaf, Ladies Mantle or Motherwort.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Sage Leaf to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day. Use as a poultice or in a steam.
Cautions & contraindications:
Not for use during pregnancy or lactation.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.
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