20 grams of the finest quality dried Sage leaves
Salvia officinalis (Sage Common sage Garden sage Kitchen sage Culinary sage Dalmatian sage Purple sage Broadleaf sage Red sage) is a small perennial evergreen subshrub with woody stems grayish leaves and blue to purplish flowers. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae. It is native to the Mediterranean region and commonly grown as a kitchen and medicinal herb or as an ornamental garden plant. Common sage is also grown in parts of Europe especially the Balkans for distillation of an essential oil though other species such as Salvia fruticosa may also be harvested and distilled with it.
As an herb sage has a slight peppery flavor. In Western cooking it is used for flavoring fatty meats (especially as a marinade) cheeses (Sage Derby) and some drinks. In the United States Britain and Flanders sage is used with onion for poultry or pork stuffing and also in sauces. In French cuisine sage is used for cooking white meat and in vegetable soups. Germans often use it in sausage dishes and sage forms the dominant flavoring in the English Lincolnshire sausage. Sage is also common in Italian cooking. Sage is sautéed in olive oil and butter until crisp then plain or stuffed pasta is added (burro e salvia). In the Balkans and the Middle East it is used when roasting mutton.
The Latin name for sage salvia means ”to heal”. Although the effectiveness of Common Sage is open to debate it has been recommended at one time or another for virtually every ailment. Modern evidence supports its effects as an anhidrotic antibiotic antifungal astringent antispasmodic estrogenic hypoglycemic and tonic. In a double blind randomized and placebo-controlled trial sage was found to be effective in the management of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
Sage has a very long history of effective medicinal use and is an important domestic herbal remedy for disorders of the digestive system. Its antiseptic qualities make it an effective gargle for the mouth where it can heal sore throats ulcers etc. The leaves applied to an aching tooth will often relieve the pain. Sage is also used internally in the treatment of excessive lactation night sweats excessive salivation (as in Parkinson’s disease) profuse perspiration (as in TB) anxiety depression female sterility and menopausal problems. Many herbalists believe that the purple-leafed forms of this species are more potent medicinally. Externally it is used to treat insect bites skin throat mouth and gum infections and vaginal discharge. The leaves are best harvested before the plant comes into flower and are dried for later use. The essential oil from the plant is used in small doses to remove heavy collections of mucous from the respiratory organs and mixed in embrocations for treating rheumatism. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy.
Caution is indicated when used in conjunction with central nervous system stimulants or depressants.
This remedy should not be prescribed to pregnant women or to people who have epileptic fits