Sage – Description
Sage – salvia salvatrix – is the name of this much-used medicinal herb, which belongs to the Lamiaceae family. An interesting fact: the folk etymology derivation of the word sage is from the Latin word salvere, via Old French sauge, which means something like “save” or “preserve”, but also “be healthy”.
True sage comes from the sun-drenched Mediterranean area, but this medicinal herb has since spread all over the world. However, its numerous varieties prefer a dry spot in tropical to temperate climates.
Sage – Description
Sage is one of the perennial medicinal herbs; an evergreen, woody-stemmed bush that grows up to 60cm tall. Leaf colour and shape vary in the different types of sage. In true health-giving sage, the leaves are narrow and lanceolate, rugose, grey-green in colour with velvety hairs. The healthy medicinal herb principally makes its essential oil just before or during the flowering period. This is the best time to gather the leaves for drying, so that is when PHARMOS NATUR harvests them.
Sage – how it works and how it is used
Tannins, bitter substances and flavonoids are important components in healthy sage leaves. Sage is impressive; it has anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties and is good for hoarseness, sore throats, gum inflammations and hot flushes. In a cream or tonic, sage helps acne and oily scalps. A plant remedy that gives pathogens no chance; the essential oil’s properties leave them unable to multiply. At the same time, this medicinal herb acts as an astringent and inhibits perspiration.
Sage is a highly aromatic medicinal herb with a warm, intensive flavour that is also pleasantly bitter. In tea, sage helps with hot flushes in the menopause, stimulates the appetite and relieves painful gastrointestinal complaints. In aromatherapy, sage is used to strengthen and balance the nerves.
Sage – traditional uses
In antiquity, sage was used as a remedy for infertility. A delicious witch’s herb that helped inflammations, coughs, sore throats and excessive perspiration. It also relieved gastrointestinal and menstrual complaints. Its beneficial effect on skin and hair was deployed in a mixture of water and the juice from sage leaves, today called a tonic, against acne, oily scalps and dandruff.
Incense has been burned to consecrate and spiritually cleanse since ancient times. Sage, particularly white sage, is one of the medicinal herbs most commonly used in incense. Legend says that spirits and negative astral beings flee from the pleasant scent, which they do not like. Protective rituals become stronger and wishes are more likely to be granted with the potency of the medicinal herb sage.
Later, according to Christian folk belief, this medicinal herb was used to make love potions; it was believed to ensure marital fidelity.