Sage Monograph

Sage – Salvia officinalis – Jupiter/Venus

Family: Lamiaceae

Description:

  • Grey/green, woody, shrubby perennial with purple, pink or white flowers
  • textured leaves with a unique aroma
  • 1+ft in height – perennial
  • leaves grow in pairs, slightly hairy and veined
  • purple flowers grow in whorls

Habitat/ToGrow: Native to South Eastern Europe/Mediterranean. Happy in full sin and cool to hot temp. Light mulch. Can wilt with too much watering – S. Off cut back ⅓ in the dormant season. Cuttings are recommended to propagate and can be sown by seed.

Energetics: cool-warm; dry – yang – air

Actions: nervine, spasmolytic, antigalactic, astringent, hormonagogue, carminative, antioxidant, anaphrodisiac, circulatory stimulant, phytoestrogens, tonic, bitter, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial

Constituents: volatile oil (a- & b- thujone, cineole, borneol, camphor, other); diterpene bitters: picrosaluin (carnosol), camosolic acid, others; flavonoids (salugorin, genkwanin, 6-methyloxygenkwarin, hispidulin, luteolin A); phenolic acids (rosemarinic, caffeic, labiatic); saluiatannin (a condensed catechin)

Prep:

Medicinal Uses: leaf

  • Ayurvedic: kapha/vata
  • Eclectic skin: soft/relaxed
  • hyperactive libido
  • Excessive sweating with poor circulation to stomach limbs (drunk cold)
  • swish: oral inflammation, pharyngitis, gingivitis, tonsillitis, hoarseness
  • Moist cough/asthma
  • recovery from stroke
  • poor circulation
  • gastric debility with spermatorrhea
  • flatulent indigestion
  • menopausal night sweats (drink cold before bed)
  • palsy
  • staph
  • galactorrhea (cold)
  • stimulates digestion
  • mitigate excess saliva in Parkinsons
  • anxiety
  • cystis
  • blood clots
  • topically for itchy skin problems
  • dandruff rinse
  • deodorant
  • juice and ginger: headache
  • warming to cold joints
  • TB
  • stimulates moon
  • prevents infection
  • helps expel placenta during childbirth

Pets:

  • add tea to drinking water
  • bacterial or fungal skin infection; including ringworm (soak with cool tea)

Flower Essence:

  • enhances the capacity for drawing wisdom from experience; taken to help find purpose
  • In later years, for helping to accept what life throws at us calmly – enhances wisdom

Other Uses:

  • A sacred herb to the Native Americans
  • Used for smudging to cleanse the air

Contraindications:

  • Pregnancy and lactation (except for galactorrhea)
  • careful with aromatherapy and essential oil (high in thujone, which can cause seizures)

Personal Use:

I grow sage and I use it in just about every home cooked meal I make. It adds health benefits and a yummy flavor to every recipe. Burning sage as incense or using it as a smudge is wonderful for the cleansing space and allowing it to fill with positive energy. It’s also a great smoking herb and I like to add it to my tobacco with mint.

References:

Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical herbalism: The science and practice of herbal medicine. Rochester, Vt.: Healing Arts Press.

Alfs, M. (2003). 300 Herbs Their Indications and Contraindications. New Brighton, MN: Old Theology Book House.

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Gardner, L. (2008). Life in the medicine: A guide to growing and harvesting herbs for medicine making. Sebastopol, C.A.: Emerald Earth Pub.

Tilford, G., & Tilford, M. (2009). Herbs for pets: The natural way to enhance your pet’s life(2nd ed.). Laguna Hills, Calif.: BowTie Press.

Hobbs, C., & Gardner, L. (n.d.). Grow it, heal it: Natural and effective herbal remedies from your garden or windowsill.

Culpeper, N., & Potterton, D. (1992). Culpeper’s color herbal. New York: Sterling Pub.

McIntyre, A. (1996). Flower power: Flower remedies for healing body and soul through herbalism, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and flower essences. New York: Henry Holt and.

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