Sage – Salvia officinalis – Jupiter/Venus
- 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)
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)
- galactorrhea (cold)
- stimulates digestion
- mitigate excess saliva in Parkinsons
- blood clots
- topically for itchy skin problems
- dandruff rinse
- juice and ginger: headache
- warming to cold joints
- stimulates moon
- prevents infection
- helps expel placenta during childbirth
- add tea to drinking water
- bacterial or fungal skin infection; including ringworm (soak with cool tea)
- 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
- A sacred herb to the Native Americans
- Used for smudging to cleanse the air
- Pregnancy and lactation (except for galactorrhea)
- careful with aromatherapy and essential oil (high in thujone, which can cause seizures)
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.
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