A well known garden herb, sage is a beautiful velvety to touch plant with a multitude of wonderful healing properties. It’s botanical name is Salvia officinalis
The bees love our plants. We have a couple varieties growing. The usual silvery green leaf and a stunning variegated form.
Sage has long been used to prevent the loss of memory, to help retard old age and to give energy. The Ancient Egyptians used this healing plant as a brain tonic, while the Chinese believed it promoted longevity, strengthened the memory and sharpened the senses. Sage tea is still consumed today for its tonic effect on the liver, brain and nerves.
Sage is one of the best remedies for laryngitis, tonsillitis and sore throats. Use a decoction of the leaves as a gargle for mouth ulcers or bleeding gums. Rub the leaves onto the gums and teeth to maintain good oral health, to strengthen the gums and to whiten the teeth.
Sage has been used to restore the colour to greying hair. I find, a combination of the essential oils of sage and basil has this effect also. Mix 5 drops of each with 50mls of carrier oil such as avocado or hemp seed and apply to the scalp overnight. Gently massage the scalp for a couple minutes ensuring all the scalp is well covered. Wash out the next day. It takes a few months but it’s worth the effort at least once to twice weekly. You can make a decoction of sage leaves to use as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning. Allow to soak into the scalp (I put my head into the sink and capture the water in the basin). Continue to wash and splash the decoction onto your head for a few minutes. Squeeze out excess water, towel dry and style as normal.
The added benefit of using sage in hair care is it helps to heal dandruff, promotes the growth of luscious healthy hair and keeps the scalp in top condition. Some clients have reported that their hair started growing back after using sage.
In delayed menstruation, sage is a better choice than pennyroyal as it is much more gentle, yet equally as effective in bringing on the delayed menses. Do not consume during pregnancy.
Useful for flatulence, dyspepsia, stomatitis, constipation. Salvia officinalis helps relax the muscle lining of the digestive tract, that is, it is anti-spasmodic. A tea from 3-4 fresh leaves or 1-2 dried leaves will greatly assist many digestive upsets.
Research published in the June 2003 issue of Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior confirms what herbalists have long known: sage is an outstanding memory enhancer. A placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study showed that
salvia officinalis significantly improved subjects’ immediate recall.
You can make a delicious Almond Butter & Herb dressing from sage, rosemary, thyme and oregano. These four herbs are a powerful combination in killing strep. Anthony Williams, the Medical Medium calls them Weapons of Strep Destruction. I find it a fitting description considering they are so incredibly powerful at killing this insidious infection.
Almond Butter & Herb Dressing
2 tbsp almond butter
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp sage
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp rosemary
water to blend if needed
Add to a blender or food processor and process until well combined and smooth. Add water to desired consistency
Caution with breastfeeding as sage can dry the milk up.