Sage (Latin name Salvia Officinalis) is a perennial evergreen plant. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family and is found mainly in Mediterranean countries. It blooms from June to August and is collected shortly before (which is considered ideal) or during its flowering. It is used both as a beverage and in cooking. Its name derives from the verb “Salvare” which means heal, as many peoples considered it to cure everything. Many botanists believe that the purple parts of the plant have even stronger medicinal effects.
Health Benefits and Uses
In ancient Greece, it was used by women who had fertility problems. At the same time, they burned it to ward off evil spirits. It has antiseptic properties and so it can be used in the form of oral gargles to treat ulcers and sore throats. Its leaves are also applied in cases of toothache, as they relieve pain. In addition, it helps to enhance memory. It is known for its contribution to lowering blood glucose and consequently better diabetes management.
Externally, it has been used since ancient times for snake bites, which has continued to this day and is even considered therapeutic for the bites or stings of many insects. The essential oil is used to treat rheumatism, although great care should be taken in dosage because in large quantities it can even cause epilepsy. Furthermore, it is beneficial for skin diseases, due to the increase of blood circulation and its the vitamins, it delays the appearance of wrinkles, treating acne and eczema issues. Finally, it is used in aromatherapy.
- In a bunch
- Crusted leaves
- Whole leaves
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.