Sage is the BOMB
Sage tea referred to as apocalyptic potion is somewhat in jest, but seriously though. When the end of days are here, who knows how convenient (or not) it will be to seek medical attention or purchase certain antidotes? This is quite a miraculously healing plant. “Why should a man die, when he can go to his garden for sage?” and “He that would live for aye, must eat sage in May” are ancient proverbs about this beneficial herb whose genus name, Salvia, evolves from the Latin word cure or to save.
During the Middle Ages, Sage was an essential medicine throughout Europe and associated with having restorative properties and increasing a person’s mental capacity. When exports of dried Sage were sent to China, the Chinese prized the herb so highly they agreed to trading their green tea for it in a ratio of 4 to 1. Sage was officially listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1840 to 1900, which clearly displays its legitimacy as a remedy. Common Sage has a good reputation, and should not be confused with its hallucinogenic cousin native to portions of the Sierra Mazateca region of Mexico.
Because pharmaceuticals now make money off of what nature has already supplied to ail us, Sage, which cures a multitude of ailments, is not as known or celebrated as back in the olden days. I’m not sure I know of any product on the market that can treat insect bites, skin, throat, and mouth infections as well as rid you of menopausal sweating. Not to mention, it can be applied topically and/or safely ingested.
Sage’s Healing Properties:
- Anti-bacterial – destroys/inhibits the growth of bacteria
- Anti-fungal – destroys/inhibits the growth of fungi
- Anti-hydrotic – reduces perspiration
- Anti-inflammatory – control or reduce inflammation
- Anti-microbial – destroys/inhibits the growth of microorganisms
- Anti-septic opposing sepsis, putrefaction, or decay
- Antispasmodic – prevents/relieves spasms or convulsions
- Anti-viral – kills viruses or suppresses its ability to replicate
- Carminative – expels gas from stomach/intestines to relieve flatulence, abdominal pain or distension
- Emmenagogue – promotes menstrual discharge
- Relaxant – produces relaxation
- Spasmolytic – relieves spasms/convulsions
- Vermifuge – destroys/expels parasitic worms
The oil found within the Sage plant is chiefly responsible for most of its therapeutic properties. Some examples of maladies treated with the infusion of Sage include:
profuse perspirationasthmaexcessive menstrual bleedingalleviating nasal dischargegastrointestinal tractrespiratory ailmentsexcessive salivationsore throatsanxiety and depressionthroat infectionsdry up mother’s milkdental abscessesrespiratory tractmouth ulcersstrengthen the nervous systemcoughsrheumatisminfected gumsheadachesskin abrasions
In 2011, I began reading up on herbs and natural remedies. I started experimenting with Sage and created infusions, tinctures and mixed oils for family and friends. Some complained of the Sage tasting bitter, but applauded its effectiveness. I soon fell in love with its healing properties and haven’t looked back since. It’s my go to when I need a medical remedy. If you know me personally, you know I love me some Sage.
Small bundles of herbs are commonly found in produce stores for about a dollar. My recommendations are:
- Soak leaves in vinegar for about 2 minutes to remove pesticides and whatnot and then rinse them off in cold water.
- Chop up the leaves to allow them to infuse more effectively.
- Using a large pot boil 10-12 cups of water.
- Add the chopped up sage leaves.
- After simmering on low for 30 minutes, covered, let it cool, strain tea and store in glass jars or bottles.
- Store in your fridge when completely cool.
To treat any skin ailings, pour Sage tea in a separate container and dip either a cotton ball or washcloth (depending on size of wound), and apply to skin. For internal intake, make a mug of hot tea by putting half cup tea, half cup water and adjust taste with honey and lemon. If a cold drink is in order, simply put half cup tea, half cup water and stir in Kool-Aid, Tang or whichever powdered drink floats your boat. Reminder – I do not drink sage tea to savor the flavor, I think it tastes awful. With that being said, you can always down a bit of sage in a shot glass. It’s quick, to the point and still gets the job done. You can drink some daily, but it’s also highly suggested to take a break every 3 days. Enjoy your new medicine!
- Sage should not be used by pregnant or nursing women or by people who have epileptic fits.
- The plant is toxic when taken in excess or for extended periods. Although the toxic dose is quite large, its best given in small doses.
- Sage should not be used to suppress perspiration in fevers.