Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis
- English: Dalmatian Sage, Garden Sage, True Sage
- Also, known as: Salbei, Sauge, Salvia, Salvia Grande, Tan shân, Salbia, Wild Sage, sawge, Broad-leaved sage. Narrow-leaved sage. Salvia salvatrix, salie, sauge, Echter Salbei, Gartensalbei, faskomilo, salvia officinal, Salvia Sefakuss, Spanish sage
Parts Used: Leaves.
The common sage, the familiar plant of the kitchen garden, is an evergreen under shrub, not a native of these islands, its natural habitat being the northern shores of the Mediterranean. It has been cultivated for culinary and medicinal purposes for many centuries in England, France and Germany, being sufficiently hardy to stand any ordinary winter outside.
Sage generally grows about a foot or higher, with wiry stems. The leaves are set in pairs on the stem and are 1 to 2 inches long, stalked, oblong, rounded at the ends, finely wrinkled by a strongly-marked network of veins on both sides, grayish-green in color, softly hairy and beneath glandular. The flowers are in whorls, purplish and the corollas lipped. The strong aromatic camphor odor is a characteristic of Sage, and it has a warm, slightly bitter taste They blossom in august. All parts of the plant have a strong, scented odor and a warm, bitter, somewhat astringent taste, due to the volatile oil contained in the tissues.
Sage is found in its natural wild condition from Spain along the Mediterranean coast up to and including the east side of the Adriatic; it grows in profusion on the mountains and hills in Croatia and Dalmatia.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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