Sage Salvia officinalis~ is a herb which was used often in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome right through the middle ages to this present time.
Properties of Sage: ~Tonifies both Yin and Yang~ Neutral to slightly warm~
Sage strengthens the lungs,it is therefore very good for Coughs, Colds, and Flu.especially if the symptoms include a Sore throat. In Fact Sage is one of the best remedies for Throat Infections,used as a gargle or tea, or in the form on an essential oil massages over the throat.
In the last century Sage was used frequently to help those who suffered from Tuberculosis, Especially if their symptoms included night sweats. It is thought it may strengthen the immune system.
Today Sage is recommended for excessive sweating. It also has astringent properties helpful when there is Chronic Diarrhoea.
Sage stimulates the adrenal glands if taken as a tea or in the form of essential oil rubbed over lower back. This is also helpful in strengthening weak of flaccid limbs.
The presence of Oestrogen-like substances also means that sage has beneficial effects on the female reproductive system, Increasing fertility. And is also helpful with sweating and hot-flushes during the menopause.
Also an infusion of sage, or the massage oil, perhaps with some Rosemary and nettle, can be rubbed into the scalp to help counteract hair loss.
- Note: Because Sage tends to encourage menstruation, Sage should not be taken as a tea of used in the form of essential oil during Pregnancy of if periods are heavy, although it can be used as a flavouring in food, also during breast feeding it can discourage the flow of milk..
Preparing and Using Sage: To make Sage Tea, infuse a pinch of dried Sage or 1-2 leaves of fresh Sage, torn and bruised, in a cupful of just-boiled water. Flavour with a little Lemon and honey if you like.
The strong flavour of sage means you need to use it sparingly in the kitchen, Sage compliments Onions and also apples when used in savoury dishes.
I often use dried sage and boiled onions with fresh breadcrumbs to make a sage and onion stuffing, to add variety I also sometimes add chopped mushrooms to the mixture.