Sage

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SALVIA OFFICINALIS

GENERAL INFORMATION

«He who would live for aye must eat sage in May» (Old English proverb)

Sage is a perennial shrub with  numerous branches,  growing up to  half a meter in height . It is found mostly in the Mediterranean countries and especially the Balkans. The strongest and most sweet smelling sage grows in the wild unplanted areas.

Ancient Greeks used it to treat snake bites but as well as for a fortifier of brain and body. Dioscorides used it for bleeding or irregular menstruation. Romans called it «holy plant» and doctors of Salerno School used to believe that he who  «has sage at home should not fear of death». In the Middle Ages it was used for the treatment of constipation, cholera , cold, fever, as well as for liver problems and epilepsy. Charlemagne assisted the cultivation of this sweet smelling plant .

 

INDICATIONS – USE

Contains  gallic acid, pinene, cineol,  borneol, salviol, tanacetum, tannin, pokrosalvine.

Its leaves which we mainly use have antiseptic, anti microbial, antifungal  properties.

It enhances all corporal powers.

Maintains skin in good health, fortifies the hair of the head and it is believed to stop hair loss.

It has been used as an antiperspirant (especially for night perspiration of tuberculosis and neurotic patients  ).