Officinal sage

Latin Name

Salvia officinalis

Family

Lamiaceae

Chemotype

Thujone, Camphor

Distilled Component

Flowering top

Traditionally Known Properties

Healing agent Regularizes menstruation (mimics the effects of estrogen). Reduces perspiration and hot flashes. Expectorant, mucolytic. Lipolytic (helps to break down fatty substances), fights cellulitis. Antibacterial Antiviral

Precautions

Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, and children under the age of 6. For external use only.

Anecdote

Sage is also called "Sacred Herb" or "European Tea". The Romans followed a particular ritual when harvesting sage: after a sacrifice of bread and wine, sage had to be picked "wearing a white tunic, bare and washed feet", and without using iron tools. Interestingly, we know today that iron salts are incompatible with sage. Throughout the Middle Ages, sage was considered an all-important plant and was an ingredient in a large number of compounds such as eau d'arquebuse, Celestial Water, eau impériale, etc. There is an old saying that goes: "Who has sage in his garden never needs a doctor". Dried sage leaves have been used as a condiment since the Antiquity.