Ancient cultures, Chinese and Romans have long considered Sage to be 'a sacred plant', the king of herbs.
Sage is an astringent, antiseptic, tonic herb with a camphor like aroma. Internally it helps boost liver function, reduces excessive perspiration, anxiety.
Externally it can be used for insect bites, throat, gum and skin infections.
It contains rosmaric acid that has good antioxidant properties, reinforced by picrosalvin also found in sage.
HAIR: Sage helps regulate the sebum production of oil in the scalp.
it helps refine texture, aid wound healing, sores, ulcers, dermatitis.
EYES: Vitamin A is a powerful natural antioxidant and is essential for eye-sight .
VITAMINS: Sage contains good vitamin A and beta-carotene levels. It is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin A known to help the body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. (100 g dry ground herb provides 5900 IU; about 196% of RDA.)
Sage is related to rosemary, and both herbs contain a phenolic acid called rosmarinic acid. This antioxidant is absorbed from food and acts to reduce inflammatory responses in the body. Increased intake of sage is recommended if you have inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, as well as bronchial asthma, and atherosclerosis.
Whether fresh or dried, Sage contains rich sources of minerals like potassium, zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Harvesting: Best just before or during flowering.
Propagation: Layering is effective when branches are pegged down and covered with earth to generate new plants.
NOTE: Not to be used by pregnant women or those with epilepsy, or on stimulants.