Like many spices, common Sage has long been an herbal medicine. I have lost 2 Sage plants in this garden, not good. Turns out that Sage may deter insects but it is primo stuff for rabbits. Let us hope that new raised beds work better.
One good reason to grow Sage for cooking and medicinal purposes is that, like Oregano, Market Economy Sage is routinely adulterated. Even Essential Oils. So if you want Sage, grow your own.
I don’t use Sage often in cooking. I have used an infusion on my hair for both covering the gray and as a nice conditioner. It works best for dark hair, and my hair was mid tone, but it adds color over time and I did not use it every wash. Think Grecian Formula for Men from the Market Economy. Once I moved here, I switched to Yerba de la Negrita, a native plant which grows profusely on my 5 acres and which is widely marketed online. I like the color, but I like how it encourages my natural curl even more.
Sage has been a medicinal for centuries. It reduces menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, along with adding an estrogen imitator. It is an excellent digestive aid, especially with heavy, greasy meals, drink a tea with Sage to help digest it.
Sage is an antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiviral against E. coli, Staph, Candida, Salmonella, and more. With the overuse of Money Market antibacterial creating superbacteria, the herbals still work fine.
Sage in a steam inhaler works on asthma and clears up mucous congestion. A one cup strong infusion will relieve your headache.
The list goes on and on. The best is Sage’s ability to improve Alzheimer patients’ cognitive and behavioral function with a Sage tincture. Not only them, it improves memory, attention, alertness, and mood for anyone after one dose. This use is best in small amounts over time. I have been known to add a pinch of Sage to my winter teas, but not lately. No surviving Sage! Here’s hoping my new Sage will flourish in its new raised hugelkultur bed. Although I don’t think I have cognitive issues (would I know?) and it doesn’t seem to run in my family, Sage is back on the winter tea menu. In its pure, unadulterated form. Doesn’t hurt to support mental clarity in students and adults as well.
I will need to grow more, but Sage is also a common perfume fixative and used in herb-type, spicy, or masculine perfumes.
I planted my new sprout today just before it rained a little. Perhaps it will rain more and give my new Sage plant a chance to develop a good root system to withstand drought.