Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Things to do with Garden Sage (fresh)




Making a fresh sage infused oil.......to be used later this fall in a beeswax based chest salve. The oil has to infuse 4-6 weeks before straining. We used olive oil.




Making Sage honey. Pouring the sage and the honey into a pot and heating just enough to loosen the honey before pouring into a galss jar and letting sit 2-4 weeks before it is ready to use. Do not strain- use as is. This is one of my favorite winter remedies......pour a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of the honey add a little lemon to taste and you have a soothing healing winters drink. For a little zing instead of water you can add some ginger tea...........and if needed some echinacea tincture to really boost the immune system.


Planting Sage:

Other names for Sage from Salvia officinalis include: Garden Sage, Tree Sage, Meadow Sage, and Dalmatian Sage.

Start from seed or cuttings. Since sage starts to grow slowly, you can seed indoors and transplant in late spring when plants are roughly 3 inches tall. Space plants 2 to 2 ½ feet apart. Harvest lightly in the first year and no later than the beginning of September. The plants eventually become woody and should be renewed every 3 to 4 years. You’ll want to pick the leaves (usually after the second year) before or at blooming, which usually occurs in midsummer. Then cut back the stems after your sage blooms.

Medicinal Uses:

Sage is an herbal medicine used to treat upset stomach with gas, diarrhea, and swelling and redness of the gums and sore throats. It is very anticeptic. It may also lower blood sugar . Not be be used by breastfeeding mothers as it may reduce the milk production.

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