Issue 127  April 13, 2015
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As you plan your garden, you may want to add a well known herb that has culinary as well as medicinal properties.
SAGE  - Salvia officinalis

An old English proverb says:
He that would live for aye,
Must eat Sage in May.

Although sage now is used mainly for culinary purposes, it used to be a valuable cure-all. As one reads of the different uses of sage, you will realize  there were very few ailments that the herb couldn’t cure. It was even considered an immortality herb. An ancient Latin proverb states, “Why should a man die when Sage flourishes in his garden?”

The name Salvia is said to mean, “I Save”, because the herb was thought to save lives. It is derived from salvere, to be saved. The name was corrupted to Sauia and Sauge (the French form), in English to Sage. The name was thought to refer to a person who took Sage every day as wise.   
The Greek herbalist, Theophrastus, taught that sage cleansed the body of disease and reduced strain on the heart. Pliny said that it killed germs in the air. Dioscorides claimed that it would cure most kidney troubles and turn faded hair black again. He advised it for ulcers, rheumatism, consumption, coughs, sore throats, and more. Sage was thought to cure snake bites, and that it was good for the head and brain, to cure palsy, and for spitting of blood.
Modern uses of sage range from disinfectant to helping with memory. It is an excellent natural deodorizer and disinfectant and helps to eliminate body odor, so it is often found in deodorants. Extracts of sage are also used in personal skin care products because of its ability to heal the skin.
Sage is used for female difficulties. It is said to relieve hot flashes of menopause and slow heavy menstrual bleeding. It is a good tea to help dry up breast milk for weaning.
Clinical studies and tradition use agree that sage has positive effects on memory and concentration in both older people with cognitive problems and younger people with ADD.
Properties of sage: analgesic, antibacterial, anticancer, antifungal, antioxidant, aromatic, astringent, depurative, emmenagogue, nervine.
I hope you enjoyed this information about this old useful herb. Let’s be wise and use it. At Herbs4You, headache tea contains sage.

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Healthy Tidbit: Sage Wisdom

Try sage the next time you have a sore throat. 
Sage has excellent antibacterial and astringent properties. Sage tea combined with a little cider vinegar used as a gargle is excellent for sore throats, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.

Sage disinfects and smells good too.
This room disinfectant is powerful enough to kill germs in a sick room, and smells good enough to use in any room that needs a breath of fresh air.

Recipe Instructions: Mix the following essential oils:
  • Cajeput Oil
  • Sage
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lemon Oil
To diffuse, add 10 to 20 drops of the essential oil mixture in an aroma lamp, or a few drops in a diffuser, or dilute in a 2% concentration for room sprays.
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