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Using Sage plant for everyday wellbeing
Posted March 2, 2024, 3:57 pm
When we harvest Sage (Salvia officinalis), people often look at it and ask, “What do you do with Sage?” or “Oh, I only know Sage is used to cleanse the house.” Little do people know, beyond the spiritual meaning and ritualistic purposes, Sage is also a herbal medicine that improves common conditions, such as indigestions, respiratory congestion, coughs and ulcers and menstrual-related symptoms.  Here are some easy and practical ways to integrate Sage into your every day, to promote wellbeing. (Scroll to the end to discover the two most magical use of Sage 🪄✨😉)  
1. SAGE STEAM ♨️ – To soothe the upper respiratory system​


Use:

● 4 tablespoons Sage leaves

● 8 cups of just-boiled water

 

Directions:

● Pour 8 cups of just-off-the-boil water over the sage leaf in a wide bowl. Stir briefly to incorporate the herbs. Cover immediately.

● Let steep for 5-10 minutes while the water cools enough for steaming, and keep a towel or lid over the bowl to capture the steam and volatile oils.

● When the water has cooled to a comfortable steaming temperature, sit before the bowl and place a towel over your head to create a tent.

● Breathe deeply while steaming.

2. SAGE GARGLE 🦷 – To soothe oral and dental inflammation:
The antimicrobial properties in Sage can neutralise microbes that promote dental plaque and relieve oral and dental inflammation. [1] Try some after you are done with the steam 🤪
3. SAGE TEA 🍵 – To soothe coughs and throat inflammation
Sage could be your home remedy if you are recovering from a cold/flu, suffering from a prolonged cough or starting to feel a sore throat. The warming and drying properties of Sage comfort irritated, inflamed sore throats and months, especially when fluid and mucus are excessive. [2 One study found that drinking 1 cup (240 ml) of Sage twice daily significantly increased antioxidant defences. [3]
The best way to prepare Sage tea is through hot water infusion.  Infusion Directions:
  1. Bring water to a boil in a teapot or pot, or mug.
  2. While the water is heating, crush herbs in your hand or with a mortar and pestle to help weaken the plant’s cell walls. Place herbs in a mug, heat-safe glass jar, French press, or teapot.
  3. Pour hot water over the herbs.
  4. Cover the vessel to prevent the herb’s volatile oils from escaping with the steam.
  5. Steep for 5-20 minutes.
  6. Filter, after steeping, using a tea strainer and a heat-safe vessel. Press down on the herbs with a spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. If using a French press, just press and pour into your mug!
In Grobrix’s office, we occasionally dry the herbs as preservation for later use. Dried herbs lack the moisture content of fresh plants and thus are considered more concentrated. Generally, one can double or triple the amount of herbs if using fresh herbs for tea.  If you are harvesting Sage #freshoffGrobrix, use more! *Sage can also be beneficial in treating irregular menstrual bleeding. Sage contains antispasmodic oils and tannins that prevent sweating and relieve pain and excess bleeding. Sage promotes estrogen production and may lower hormonal surges during the menopausal years.
4. Sage for culinary
Great for cream mushroom chicken pasta! We made one with this recipe.
Cream Sage Mushroom & Chicken Pasta with Borscht Soup
Like pestos, herb butter is another excellent way to use any herb where there is abundance.  We found this easy recipe:
Other ways of using Sage (if you find this herb too pungent to consume)

Use Sage to deter cockroaches! 🙅🏻🪳☠️ 

 

Yes, the smell of Sage is so strong that it repels cockroaches too. 

 

And Sage contains pyrethrum chemicals that upset cockroaches’ nervous system, making them unable to properly function whenever they are near this plant.[4]

 

For these reasons, Sage is a great way to keep cockroaches away but ensure to use fresh Sage.

Smudging! 

 

Probably the most commonly known use of Sage.

 

Many ancient civilisations have seen Sage as a holy and sacred herb since medieval times. 

 

Historically, Sage is used to promote long life and increased wisdom (think of the “wise sage”), and fengshui also believe that the Sage plant can attract protection and prosperity. 

 

In Indigenous culture, Sage is used for cleansing and removing negative energy and bad luck by burning the plant. This belief remains practised and often marketed as an essential of spiritual and mental wellness.

 

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