“Why should anyone die who has sage in their garden?”
That is the old adage I’ve heard for years.
Sage is apart of the mint family (yes!) and has about 900 different species to boast. The botanical name Salvia is from the Latin word “to save or to heal,” as in the word “salvation.” Africans have associated sage with immortality since they learned the secrets of this plant. Since roughly the 5th century B.C., Africans have used sage for a myriad of holistic and Spiritual reasons. Early medicine doctors knew that this herb could also help prevent “spasms” in the abdomen, heart and uterus and was administered to females in puberty, childbirth and menopause.
Workers and farmers were given sage to chew on while they toiled in the hot sun as it contains a “cooling agent” called phytosterols. I grow sage annually and can’t wait to harvest its leaves for its distinct flavour. Aside from enhancing the flavour of my stews, which I cook year round, sage is magnificent for:
Drying up phlegm (mucus) in your bronchial tubes (respiratory infections)
Coughing (boil the leaves and use as a gargle)
Weaning your baby off of breast milk (it dries up mother’s milk)
Dandruff (use the leaves for tea and rinse your hair with it)
Restores colour to gray hair
Bacterial infections in and outside of the body
Jellyfish and spider bites
Indigestion and gas/bloating
Anxiety and Depression
The list is endless! I buy my seeds from the nursery and grow a planter-full every single year. While I toil and dig up weeds, I pinch off a few leaves to help me cool down with a tall glass of water. Please rediscover the miracle of God’s Plants. Soon, the pharmacies will close to us and we will not have easy access to synthetic medicines.
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