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What Is Sage Used For?

Sage,(Salvia Officinalis), is referred to as the herb of longevity. Although best known as an ingredient in poultry stuffing, Sage(or edible sage/garden sage) has been used medicinally for thousands of years. In the Middle ages, Sage was thought to promote longevity. One legend says its healing comes directly from the Virgin Mary.

Native to the Mediterranean region, its name comes from the Latin Salvare, which translates roughly as "to rescue" or "to heal." Sage is often used as a remedy for respiratory infections, congestion, cough, sore throats, appetite stimulant, indigestion and is said to have a beneficial effect on the liver. It is also given for fever, night sweats and urinary problems. Some women even find that it helps with menopausal symptoms.

Sage is a uterine stimulant, so it should be avoided in therapeutic doses during pregnancy. It is safe to use in cooking however. It may also decrease milk production so nursing mothers be aware of that. Gargling or swishing the tea without swallowing should not lead to this effect.

How To Grow Sage

Sage grows up to three feet in height and gives off a distinct fragrance. It should be planted in rich, well drained soil in a sunny location.The leaves grow 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, are oblong in shape with rounded ends They are gray-green in color and have fine, soft hairs. The leaves grow in pairs on the stems. For an ornamental garden, variegated green, golden or purple varieties are also available.

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