SAGE, Salvia officinalis (table, garden or common)

An old Latin proverb says, “WHY SHOULD A MAN DIE WHILST SAGE GROWS IN HIS GARDEN?” Now I doubt if the sage plant would keep anyone live much past his given years, but if it can make his life healthier and happier, then it has served man well.


Garden sage is a plant that was used for centuries for almost every known purpose until we go modern and started to use drugs. Now the only thing it's used for is stuffing on Thanksgiving.


There was a lady who said she sweat buckets. I don't know about the buckets, but she sure did a lot of sweating, especially when she got a little nervous or had to move around much. She ate quite a lot and was really overweight and she didn't exercise at all. Even her walking was kept to a minimum. Surprisingly, she was pretty healthy, except for some minor problems. Personally, I think the sweating helped her to get rid of a lot of toxic waste that would have otherwise stayed in her body.


She was told to go on a cleanse each week for a few weeks and also drink a cup of sage tea at least four times a day and exercise just a little. She had a hard time getting into the program and said that it didn't work. However, one day she finally started to drink the sage tea. It made her feel better, so she started to do the cleanses. In just a little while, she felt a lot better, and you know what? As long as she kept on the program of the sage tea and the bowel cleansing and exercising, she felt great and she didn't hardly sweat at all.


The common sage is a shrubby, perennial plant that grows wild in many parts of the world; however, in many countries it is cultivated as a medicinal as well as a culinary herb. It grows up to three feet tall, has square woody stalks that are sometimes covered with a fuzzy cotton. The gray green leaves that grow in opposite pairs have a smooth to wooly underneath side and a rough, pebble-like upper surface. The flowers are violet blue and bloom from June until September. They are in arrangements of whorls that grow on the ends of the stock or branch.


Sage will grow in almost any climate, as long as it has some moisture. It is sometimes confused with sagebrush, which is an Artemisia genus. Although the two smell somewhat alike and are the same color, green, and about the same size and have some of the same properties they are said to be unrelated.


Sage is an antiperspirant which reduces or suppresses perspiration; dried up mother's milk; is an antispasmodic which helps to relieve spasms or cramps; relives nervous stress; is an astringent which draws organic tissue closer together and reduces secretion or discharge; it helps hemorrhaging and women's heavy periods; acts as a diuretic to aid the kidneys; is a digestant to aid the stomach; it is a carminative to help relieve stomach gas; a tonic to tone up the body; and it can be used as a gargle and is useful for bleeding gums and to prevent an excessive flow of saliva. The dried leaves can be smoked in a pipe as a remedy for asthma. Hot sage tea will cause a person to sweat. However, cold sage tea will lower a fever and reduce sweating.


Gerard says, “Sage is singularly good for the head and brain, it quickened the senses and memory, strengthened the sinews, restored health to those that have the palsy, and taketh away shaky trembling of the members.”
Personally, I like to cook with sage. I take three or four sprigs of leaves, tie them together and put them in a soup. When the soup is done, I remove the leaves. It makes things taste great.
 

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