Sage, Salvia Officianalis,
has been cultivated since the first monastery gardens. The Latin name Salvia literally
means to heal or make well and to the Romans it was a sacred herb and was gathered with
great ceremony. It is said that the Chinese would trade 3 cases of tea for one of sage!
Though it grows well here, sage is indigenous to more Southern climes.
A cup or two of sage tea early in the
evening is said to help with night sweats associated with the menopause and also to
regulate menstruation and relieve cramps. Gargling with sage tea relieves and disinfects a
sore throat. It is also said to help relieve mucus congestion in the airways and the
stomach and wards off colds and flues. It can be used sparingly in soups and stews. Sage
was widely used in ancient times as a folk medicine and it is a strongly flavoured pungent
herb so use sparingly always. It is best to use whole fresh leaves from your garden. Pick
a handful of leaves, crush and infuse in boiling water as you would tea leaves, for at
least five minutes in your teapot. As sage is so cleansing and astringent, it can help
tighten open pores. A few drops of very pure sage oil in the bath is soothing and
relaxing, easily getting to the pains and inhaled with the steam. Be sure to use only the
best quality oils.
If dried in bunches, sage can be lighted
and used to freshen a room or house and in ancient times it was used as a physic cleanser
in this way to help shift old, stagnant or stale energies in homes and at times of ritual,
much as we use Holy Water today.
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