Sage – a plant with a reputation for holiness
According to a legend, sage is a plant which was consecrated by St John the Baptist along with St John’s wort. This is probably why sage became a plant with a reputation for holiness and eternal immutability. Sage became known for its numerous health benefits but most often it is used for relieving pain and improving blood count. For this reason, it is considered the queen of herbs. Ancient people used it to treat many diseases, as evidenced by physicians’ recipes found in the ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Sage (Salvia officinalis L.) is a wild-growing plant characterized by velvet leaves covered in silver dense hairs on both leaf surfaces. It decorates rocky areas of Croatian Mediterranean coast and islands featured by tall and wide lavender, blue and white flowers. It is cold-sensitive plant and prefers sunny and warmer weather. It can be grown indoors, but it needs to be kept near a sunny window in a flower pot. If sage leaves start turning yellow, it means the plant needs more space to grow. Sage blooms in June and July and the leaves and young sprouts are best to be harvested before the plant blooms.
Sage is widely used in aromatherapy as an addition for various baths that stimulate body senses and strengthen the body in general.
It is also possible to use fresh sage leaves to rub on teeth to prevent cavity and dental problems. Dried sage leaves are frequently used to maintain good oral hygiene.
Uses of sage tea
If you have troubles with excess night sweating, have a sage tea before going to bed and the problem will be significantly eased.
Improves digestion and helps cleanse the liver
Sage tea improves digestion and assists the liver by helping eliminate toxins from the body.
Sage tea is known to have anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties and it is also very helpful for treating the sore throat. Just make a nice cup of sage tea (cover sage leaves with boiling water at 100°C and leave it to sit for 5 minutes) and add some sugar if you like it sweet.
Rheumatism and pain
Wounds or gum disease (gingivitis) can be treated with the help of sage tea. It has a soothing effect and helps relieve pain. Women, in particular, can find it very helpful for treating different infections, but also help restore hormonal balance and relieve menstrual cramps or rheumatism.
Sage oil & sage wine
Sage oil is popular remedy used t treat wounds, psoriasis, dermatitis and open pores.
Sage wine made from a handful of fresh leaves and 1 l of water boosts the immune system.
Though the use of sage undoubtedly has many benefits, in cooking or for health, due to its main ingredient, thujone, which gives it that strong and characteristic scent, one should be careful when using sage. Namely, thujone can imbalance the central nervous system which is why people with epilepsy or high blood pressure (hypertension) as well as pregnant women and breastfeeding women shouldn’t use sage.
Moreover, as good as sage may be for many people if overused may lead to adverse effect. Thus, remember, a general rule applies to all solutions (drinks etc.) made from sage – even in recommended amounts should not be used longer than a month.
Translation: G. Dujmović