Few plants can match the lengthy track record of sage, its food and medicine bestowing both nurture and wellness upon the ancient Egyptians. The Romans brought this Mediterranean native to those parts of Europe where it was hitherto unknown, its reputation to soothe soon solidified by consistent and often dramatic performances. Four thieves from Marseilles who were convicted of robbing the dead/dying during the plague years protected themselves from infection with an herbal concoction that included garlic and sage. Gypsies reputedly used sage to darken graying hair.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Sage is friendly to the liver, increasing its functionality. It aids in digestion and it is effective in dispelling flatulence. A few drops of essential oil of sage in a shot glass of water can be gargled long and deep to banish even the worst of sore throats. Evidence gathered during scientific testing points to sage's value in managing mild to moderate cases of Alzheimer's disease. Aromatherapists apply sage oil to the skin to regulate the menstrual cycle, to combat depression and fatigue and to assist in the healing of wounds and ulcers.
ABOUT THE HERB
Sage is a perennial evergreen shrub that bears pale gray-green, wooly leaves that release a powerful scent when rubbed. Rising 18 to 24 inches above ground, sage produces lavender-hued flowers by the plant's second season of growth.
The weight-conscious who think green can retain sage on their Thanksgiving Day menus by factoring out the turkey and assigning the spice-laden stuffing to a more visible place on the holiday table. A cup of lemon-flavored sage tea sipped slowly clears the throat of any discomforts brought on by the change in seasons. Avoid sage during pregnancy and in cases of high blood pressure.
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