Sage (or Salvia)

The name sage, or salvia, is the idea of health or salvation. It was once believed to have the ability to prolong life.  Garden sage is the most recognized perennial plant. It was originally brought to the US from Europe. A member of the mint family; you can recognize it by its noticeably square stem. 

Sage or Salvia

I learned sometime ago, from the Native American Indians that they deem this an important herb. It was burned in bundles while a person bathed in its smoke.

I use it often, by burning it in and around my own home. Whether or not it is 'doing' anything, I do notice the air is much lighter, cleaner feeling than before.

My home and property generally does feel better I will admit, after this process. I routinely perform this cleansing at the start of every season  (or four times a year here, in Canada.)

It was also suggested I carry a small bunch in my vehicle, which I do; for protection, it is said.  I'm all for that :)

Medicinal Benefits of Sage

As this is a perennial herb, meaning, it returns year after year.  The leaf is used to make medicine.  Some of the more common medicinal benefits are:

  • Fever
  • Sore throats
  • Colds
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • General blood tonic

It is also used as a lotion to heal sores and other skin eruptions. The fresh leaves can be chewed as a natural remedy for infections of the mouth and throat too.

Scientific studies have shown that the roots of certain types may provide a substitute for tranquilizers and decrease anxiety associated with addiction.  

Lab studies have proven it to be useful with yeast and viral disease as well. 

According to WebMD there are additional benefits and a few side effects, although unlikely, you may wish to know about them.  Here are some of the more positive highlights:

Health Benefits for your Digestive System

  • Loss of appetite
  • Gas
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn

It is also mentioned to be known for depression, memory, and female troubles as well as symptoms associated with it; such as menopause and menstruation.

In foods of course, this is a key spice in such dishes as stuffing and many people use this to add flavour into meat dishes and mashed potatoes.  A little goes a long way, use sparingly.  

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