Sage, Wonderful Sage!!!

Sage is an amazing herb originating from the Mediterranean that has served humanity from ancient times up through modern history. Sage has been there for us in so many wonderful and surprising ways. Common Sage or Salvia officinalis, is a aromatic perennial, evergreen, woody shrub with an earthy, woody, sweet scent in the mint family. It has shiny, fuzzy leaves. Other herbs in the mint family are oregano, rosemary, basil, thyme and, of course, various mint plants. The word Salvis is Latin and means to redeem, preserve, cure or save. It’s known as the “Salvation Plant” and is required to be planted at Christian monasteries still today. Sage was one of 100 plants in the garden of Charles the Great’s medical school in Salerno as it was one he appreciated most himself for it’s strong medicinal properties. The Romans used Sage to help digest fatty foods.

Not much sage is required to make a delicious meal. It’s commonly used in savory dishes such as dressing, stuffed mushrooms, sausage, butters, soups, roasts, tomato sauce, eggs teas and rubs for meats. The vitamin K supports bone health and it also has small amounts of magnesium, zinc, copper as well as vitamins A, C and E. It’s a natural cleaning agent, pesticide and ritual herb.

Sage has a very long and successful history in medicine. It’s been used to lower cholesterol, rebuild strength and balance after an illness, support liver health, ulcers, sore throats, wounds, brain function, mood, alertness, improve cognitive abilities, diarrhea, slow aging, memory, I can go on and on!! Sage protects against cancer by suppressing cancer cell growth and stimulating apoptosis. Sage has over 160 polyphenols which make make it a great antioxidant. It’s antimicrobial properties neutralize microbes which make it great for dental health. Estrogen-like properties bind to estrogen receptors during menopause giving relieve of symptoms stemming from loss of estrogen. Sage can treat diabetes by clearing excess free fatty acids in the blood and improving insulin sensitivity. Antioxidant compounds protect the brain’s defense system. This wonderful herb also stops the breakdown of ACH which effect memory and encourages Alzheimers. The list of medical uses is almost endless!!!

Sage does the same things as certain Pharmaceuticals without the added toxins, damage to the body and uncomfortable side effects. It controls blood sugar as well as Metformin, a diabetes drug used to control blood sugar. Rosiglitazone is another diabetes drug that lowers blood sugar in which Sage rivals as well.

As we should still do today, Sage has been respected and revered through out history. Dioscorides – the father of pharmacology, military physician and pharamacognosist (studies the medicines from plants) considered sage one of the most important and appreciated herbs. He used it on woulds, to stop bleeding and sore throats. Egyptians used sage for fertility, the Greeks and Romans used it to preserve food and enhance memory. Sage was a key in medicines in the Middle Ages. The Italians have a proverb that says “Why should a man die when he has sage in his garden?” They obviously realized the power of this herb!!

Sage has has it’s place in Magick dating way back just as prominent as it does in culinary and medicinal history. Just as today, theRomans, Greeks and Native Americans used dried white sage for cleansing. The revered the plant as sacred. White sage (Silva apiana) is very similar and shares many of the same properties. It’s also been used as a perfume, air freshener and to clear negative energy. It’s a hard working antimicrobial.

Rubbed Sage available at Love of Lotus Apothecary

Sage corresponds with Jupiter and is a moon herb which brings energies of abundance and protects the home from negativity. It’s used in spells for healing, preservation, redemption, knowledge, loss and grief, guidance, banishing, release, to preserve memory, banish and clear energies. It can be used to find answers or solutions.

A little more lore… In the Middle Ages, sage was eaten with rancid meat for strong ability to purify which kept people from getting sick from the rancid meat. Middle Ages as well as others also believed that if sage grows well in a garden the business of the house hold will flourish. It’s unlucky to plant a sage seed yourself. It’s best to either get a seedling or have someone else plant the seed in your garden.

As you can tell, Sage is a wonderful culinary, medicinal and magickal herb with more uses than we can count. Do some research, what else can you find out about sage?

The info within the blog are not a substituent for advice of your chosen health professional. This is article is written to be used as a catalyst to your own research. I do NOT give medical advice.

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Published by rainiedae

Hi, I'm Rainie. I'm the owner and founder of Love of Lotus Apothecary, a healer and herbalist with a passion for Gaia and all she has to offer.

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