Sage, technically named Salvia officinalis, is a member of the mint family and indigenous to the Mediterranean region. The sage shrub is a plant that features grayish-green colored leaves, normally grows to be about 2-3 feet tall, and features a musty, yet pleasantly bitter, fragrance. Numerous studies have shown sage to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral characteristics. Sage has been used as an herb as well as a medicine, internally and externally, for many centuries.
Sage can be gargled, used for seasoning foods, or brewed as a tea, just to name a few preparations. Sage has been said to cleanse and purify the body, and with research revealing it does have anitbacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, this “old wives tale” proves to ring true. Sage tea and rinses have been used to treat infections and inflammations of the mouth, remedy delerium caused by fevers, improve digestion and digestive problems, fight kidney and liver diseases or problems, help control hot flashes, ease menstruation pain and heavy bleeding, and control perspiration, just to name a few of its uses!
A strong infusion of sage can be used to treat ulcers as well as to treat skin abrasions, swelling, and sprains. Fresh sage leaves have been used on the teeth as a cleansing rub and also to strengthen the gums. Sage can be found in a number of toothpaste and oral care products.
There are no known drug interactions with this herb, and it is considered to be generally safe for everyone to ingest (but it is not recommended if you are pregnant). If one were to ingest an incredibly excessive amount of sage, they may experience confusion, increased heart rate, and perhaps even convulsions, but it would be extremely difficult to overdose on this herb.
The color of sage is very mild and serene, so it’s been used as inspiration for paint colors for many years. Also, the scent of sage is said to have a calming effect, thus candles, air fresheners, and other fragrances, including essential oils, lotions, and more, feature the aroma of sage.
Sage can be grown outdoors or indoors. Outdoors it prefers full sun. Indoors it can grow satisfactorily under standard fluorescent light bulbs, and will better grow with high output fluorescent or standard plant lights. It requires average watering on a regular cycle. Sage will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. This plant sometimes attracts bees, butterflies, birds, and other insects. It can become infected with mildew and spidermites.
Sage is used to season many dishes and to frangrance many products, but it also offers many health benefits. From infections, inflammations, and problems with digestion to menstrual issues and perspiration, sage can offer at least some relief. Sage can be used as a spice, a rinse or gargle, an infusion, a tea, as well as in other preparations. Sage will grow fairly easily without a great deal of maintenance and will provide and aromatic and beautiful plant for your garden.