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Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!


SAGE (lat. Salvia officinalis)

Sage is a silvery-green plant strongly flavored perennial herb. It can be grown from seed, but normally bought as a plant in the spring.
Native to the Mediterranean, it now grows in regions of North America as well. A plant of the mint family, Sage has both medicinal and culinary purposes. It complements the flavour of chicken, rabbits, fish, sausages, stuffing, cheese, soups etc.
The leaves, small stems and flowers of the plant are used.
The active ingredients include volatile oils, such as thujone, cineole, borneol, linalool, camphors, salvene, pinine, and oestrogenic substances, salvin and carnosic acid, flavonoids, phenolic acids and tannins.

SAGE Benefits and uses:
Sage can be utilized as fresh or dried herb, essential oil, oil infusions, teas, tinctures, extracts.
Sage is used by the Chinese to ease pain after childbirth and regulate menstruation. Combined with dan-gui, it can be used to regulate suppressed menstrual flow.
In the middle ages Europeans drank sage tea to treat colds, fevers, liver trouble, epilepsy, memory loss and just about any other ailment. Sage was used due to it's anti-bacterial properties.
In many European countries sage is still used as a gargle for sore throat and inflammation of the mouth and gums. It is a good and safe natural disinfectant. Most of it's antimicrobial properties are due to the volatile oil thujone. Sage tea was and still is primarily used as a gargle for sore throat and an aid to digestion. It is also said to reduce excessive perspiration.

To make a Sage tea let the herbs steep for 10 to 20 minutes, as this will extract more of the medicinal properties. Use 2 cups boiling water over 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried herb, or 1 handful of the fresh herb. You can have about 3 to 4 cups of Sage tea in a day.

To make a cough type syrup use 8 ounces of herb to 12 ounces of water. Low boil for 15 to 20 minutes, strain and pour the liquid back into the pot. For each pint of liquid add one cup of honey, warm the mixture, but do not over cook the honey as it will kill the enzymes. For added taste a flavoured brandy, or a few drops of essential oil or a fruit concentrate can be added to the syrup.

Cautions:
Sage is a safe herb, but concentrated sage oil is toxic and should only be used for aromatherapy.



Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!




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