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Sage Materia Medica




Grow | Harvest | Make with Sage


Salvia officinalis

Lamiaceae family

Indigenous to Mediterranean region


"Where Rosemary thrives, the woman rules the house. Where Sage thrives, the man rules."


I D E N T I F I C A T I O N

Shrubby

Oval, rounded tipped, finely wrinkled, aromatic gray green leaves

Blue or purple whorl flowers on upper stems

Square stems


G R O W

Perennial

Hardy to zone 4

Light, well drained soil

Full, hot sun


In spring, trim overwintered woody stems before new growth

Can propagate from root cuttings

Excellent companion plant

Grows well in a container


H A R V E S T

Summer through fall

Midday

Before flowering

Trim regularly throughout season


D R Y

In bunches or flat with air flow in a cool, dry place


"Why should a man die who has Sage growing in his garden."

Translation of a Roman proverb.


P R O P E R T I E S

Warm I Dry I Bitter I Stimulating

Astringent I Antispasmodic I Antiseptic I Digestive


M A K E

Tea: sore throats and coughs, to dry up fluids such as breast milk and sweating from hot flashes, memory, headaches, cramps, nervousness, fever,indigestion

Oil: inflamed tissue, wounds, sores, bites, acne, oily facial types, arthritis

Steam: oily skin, cold and flu

Wash/Compress: mouth wash, gargle, darken hair, dandruff

Culinary: preservation, fatty meats like roasts and sausages, mushrooms

Burn: cleansing, protection


C O N T R A D I C T I O N S

Tea should be taken in small amounts and in short increments of time.

Not to be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding unless choosing to dry milk supply.


For educational purposes only. Not intended for medical advice. Always consult your physician.






Folklore & Fables of Sage


"The desire of sage is to render man immortal"


It's species name Salvia comes from several possible latin forebearers:

"Salvia" meaning "savior"

"Salvere" meaning "to save" or "to be well."

"Salveo" meaning "to heal" or "to be well."

"Sapere" meaning "to have good taste" or "to be wise."


Common names include Garden Sage and Common Sage.


Ruled by Jupiter and the sign Leo, its elements are earth and air.


In floriography, or Victorian Language of Flowers, Sage signifies domestic virtue, good health and long life.


"Sage make green the winter rain, charm the demon in my brain."


Symbolism includes:

Wisdom

Longevity

Healing

Good luck

Purification

Strength

Psychic awareness

Prosperity

Mental clarity


Used as a verb and a noun, a person may be known to give sage advice or be a wise, sage person.


Ancient Greeks used it medicinally and culinarily, but also grew it in their gardens for wisdom and immortality.


Sage is known to invoke the deity Consus, the ruling God of councils and may be burned when important decisions need to be made.


Solomon included Sage in his aspurger when preparing a sacred space.


Burn to cleanse the body or sacred space prior to healing work.


Cleanse your hands by dipping them in a bowl of Sage water.


The condition of the Sage bush in the garden can indicate the state of affairs within the home, especially its prosperity.


Wishes can be written on Sage leaves with the intention sanctified by burning them or put under your pillow to dream of how to manifest your goal.


Carry a Sage leaf in your wallet to attract money.


Associated with fall, Sage has connections to the Autumn Equinox, Samhain and Yule.