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Sage

Also known as: Garden sage, meadow sage, Dalmatian sage
Latin: Salvia officinalis
Macedonian: Zhalfija
Parts used: Upper part of the herb

History:

The ancient Greeks and Romans first used sage as a meat preservative, but it gained a much broader medicinal reputation. Pliny prescribed it for snakebite, epilepsy, intestinal worms, chest ailments and menstrual promotion. Dioscorides considered it a diuretic and menstruation promoter and remmended sage leaves as bandages for wounds. Around 10 th century, Arab physicians believed sage extended life to the point of immortality. After the Crusades, this belief showed up in Europe, where students at the medieval world's most prestigious medical school in Salerno, Italy, recited: “Why should a man die who grows sage in his garden?” During the 16 th century, Dutch explorers introduced sage to the Chinese, who prized it so highly they gladly traded 3 pounds of their own tea for each pound of the new European healer..

Description:

It is an erect herbaceous biennial, reaching a height of 1 to 1.5 meters during flowering, the plant is characterized by broad-ovate, green, pubescent leaves, and the economically important lilac to blue-colored flowers.

Habitat:

Native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.

Cultivation & Collection:

The biennial is sometimes cultivated as a short-lived perennial (up to six years) by fall planting, which satisfies the flower-inducing chill requirements the first winter. Six to eight inches of the top growth can be cut from the plant about twice during the season. The leaves should be harvested before the plant blooms. Flowers are harvested at the end of the blooming period.

Quality:

The quality is checked according to the European Pharmacopoea. Additional tests are being also run on request.

Use:

Supplemental therapy

As a medicinal plant, sage is known for the mucilaginous seeds used to clear the sight and reduce inflammation of the eye. The plant has reportedly been used for its antispasmodic, astringent, and carminative properties, as digestive aid, as antiperspirant, and for treatment of wounds and sore throat.

Culinary :

Sage is generally recognized as safe for human consumption as both a natural seasoning/flavoring and as a plant extract/essential oil. Fresh and dried leaves of clary sage have been used in flavoring--especially of meats and dressings, as flavoring agents in adulteration of wine, in substitution for hops, and in adulteration of digitalis. The flowers are used in herbal teas, sachets, potpourris, and beverages.

Cosmetics :

The essential oil is used as a fragrance and fixative in the perfume industry. The concrete and absolute, often blended with lavender, jasmine, or other scents, are used in soaps, detergents, creams, powders, perfumes, and lotions.

Recipes :
Tea:
Compress:
Fomentation:
Herbal bath:
KORO products :

Kitchen pack 50 g ordering
School & Restoran pack 1 kg ordering
Prepared bulk herb powder On request ordering
Prepared bulk herb flowers On request ordering