“Why should a person die when sage grows in his garden?” – A Medieval saying
Sage’s reputation as sacred herb, with miracle qualities for health and longevity goes back to Ancient times. It’s Latin name Salvia means to “save/cure/heal”. The burning (smudging) of Sage is well known for its ability to clear the build-up of emotional or spiritual negativity. It is used in preparation for prayer, ceremonies, rituals and purification and to increase clarity and awareness. We refer to “the Sage” to describe someone with wisdom and humility or we receive “Sage Advice” and this is attributed to one of its many traditional uses - to improve memory and heighten the senses.
Vitamin A, C, B complex
Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Sulphur, Silicon, Phosphorus, Sodium
Wisdom, Healing, Protection
Pisces (February 19 to March 20; Ruled by Jupiter)
Traditional/Current Medicinal uses:
Sage is a potent antioxidant and anti-microbial (antiseptic) and is used for infections and inflammation of the mouth, tongue or throat. It can be taken internally and also helpful when used as a gargle.
Due to its calming and grounding effect on the nervous system, Sage can help to reduce nervous exhaustion, debility and tension headaches. Digestively it is beneficial for colic, flatulence, indigestion, gastroenteritis as it helps to relax intestinal spasms and soothe pain.
Traditionally Sage was used to stimulate memory and studies have shown that it may be beneficial in preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Sage is an effective remedy for various hormonal conditions. It is helpful for irregular periods and can assist with regulating pain and flow. It is a valuable herb for menopausal hot flushes, night sweats and helping the body to adapt to the hormonal changes that take place. It reduces breast-milk production so is best avoided while breastfeeding however, can be used when weaning to dry up milk supply.
How to use:
Culinary uses: Sage leaves are used in sauces and stuffing’s. It can be made into pesto. It is delicious with Crispy Pork Belly cooked in Milk or Coconut Milk depending on dietary requirements, and aids the digestion of fat.