Sage (Salvia spp)
Main Facts about Sage
Member of the mint family, this famous herb has showy flowers (blue, red, purple, pink, white, ) that are divided into upper and lower “lips”, and woolly, silver-gray-green leaves that are green year round. Flower stalks may be crowded and appear like a dense spike. Many varieties have tiny hairs growing on the leaves, stems and flowers. Some of these hairs release a volatile oil when rubbed. Sages attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.
Using SageSage is used for respiratory ailments like asthma and alleviating nasal discharge associated with upper respiratory infections. It works well for the shaking, nervousness, inability to focus. Its tincture could be used to stop stress-induced tachycardia on numerous occasions. Chinese Sage root is a traditional heart and circulation remedy. In a study of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, participants were given either sage extract or a placebo for 4 months. Those given the sage extract showed an improvement in cognition as well as less agitation compared to the placebo group. Other studies have shown that sage can improve memory in young, healthy adults as well. It also has anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antimicrobial effects. For women, sage contains sclereol, which stimulates the body to produce its own estrogen, which helps with all gynecological problems and female issues like menopause, night sweats, hot flashes, despair, fatigue. Sage helps digest fats and proteins and can be used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva.Used in skin creams for the cosmetic industry.
Sage is a remedy for: Anxiety
Cooking with SageAdd chopped fresh or dried leaves to food, or dried powders in smoothies. For white teeth, rub them with fresh sage leaves, which also strengthens the teeth, gums and freshens breath. Eat sage leaves every day. It has a savory, slightly peppery flavor. Broadly used as a food seasoning. To cure respiratory infections sage leaves are crushed in boiling water and the fumes are inhaled.
How to grow SageSages grow best in areas with full sun and good air circulation. Plant in good soil. If soil is heavy, add organic matter. Provide regular water and good drainage. Prune lightly during the growing season to shape plants. Pruning before bloom will delay flowering. Many species can grow as perennials in the warmer climates, but in the north they grow as annuals. This is a true must-have for all butterfly gardens.