SAGE

SAGE: “Herb for the Wise”

Antidepressant, Diabetes, Digestive Aid, Sore Throat, Wound Treatment

Also Known As: Dalmatian Sage, Garden, Greek, Meadow, Spanish

HISTORY:

Thousands of years before the pilgrims stuffed the first Thanksgiving turkey adding sage as a spice, people all over the world were celebrating the healing powers of this herb. Around the centuries, sage has been used for many things, such as a meat tenderizer, preservative, memory enhancer, snake bites, epilepsy, intestinal worms, bladder infections, kidney stones, insomnia, menstrual cramps, gastrointestinal disorders and possible immortality.

PREPARATION:

First Aid:

Crush fresh leaves and place them into cuts and scrapes after thoroughly washing area.

  • Infusion:

After boiling a cup of water, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried leaves to the cup of water, steeping for 10 minutes. May drink up to 3 cups a day.

  • Tincture:

Take up to 1 teaspoon three times a day.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Use soil that is well drained and plant seeds under full sun. Sow seeds ½ inch deep in the spring time. Water well. After they mature some, they require less water. It will take up to 2 years to fully grow plants that are 3 feet tall. Replace sage every 3 to 4 years because plants will become woody and produce less. Harvest leaves before the flowers bud. Cut the plant back to 4 inches above the ground. Discard stems and stalks. Dry the herb and store it in an airtight container.

SAFETY:
There have been reports made that some people have experienced inflammation of the lips and lining of the mouth after ingesting sage tea. Sage contains high levels of the chemical thujone. Taking in large amounts of sage can cause convulsions. Make sure your tea is hot. Heat eliminates much of the chemical. Use sage in medicinal amounts. Sage is on the Food and Drug Administration’s list as being generally safe for use.