Plant Medicine: The Healing Power of Sage
By Elisabet Corominas
There are an immense number of plants and herbs which can be used to add flavor, color and scent to any food recipes. Fortunately most are also known for their medicinal properties and boundless health benefits.
One herb that can be planted across the world, but it's original habitat is the Mediterranean, is Sage. Sage is named for Salvia officinalis and Salvia is derived from the Latin salvere, meaning “to be saved,” in reference to the plant’s healing properties.
This herb is very resilient as it can with-stand cold and hot temperatures as well as being drought-tolerant.
For years, its uses have included teas, oils and other infusions as well as a taste enhancer for different food recipes. These uses are similar to other herbs of its family, the Lamiaceae plant (mint) that includes oregano, lavender, rosemary, thyme and basil.
Among the different healing properties we find Sage to have antiseptic properties, resulting as a efficient remedy for sore throats, digestive complaints, menstrual pain and other infections.
It's leaves and intense aroma add a rich sensory experience and White Sage specifically is amazing when burnt to fill the air with the pleasant-scented smoke of its leaves.
If you are looking forward to experience some of the benefits of this plants you should definitely try a basic infusion with the following recipe:
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons fresh Sage
- 1/2 lemon squeezed
Add the finely chopped leaves and lemon juice to a cup, and pour on some just *boiled water and let steep (sit) for 5-10 minutes before drinking.