Sage, Salvia officinalis: Centered in the Richness of Living
♥make some herbal magic in the kitchen with me♥
You can buy packets/bundles of sage at the farmer's markets and in the grocery stores. I thought I would tell you a little about this marvelous creature. Do you Instagram? I did a #13daysofsage series with tips and recipes on how to make some easy home herbal remedies with one of these sage packets or the bundle you find at the farmers market. You can find thathere, or on your Instagram search for#13daysofsage or @the_crazy_herbalist ☺☺☺ You will find info on doing a sage infused honey, sage face mask, sage tea, both cold and hot, a cleansing magical spell.....
i am so glad i started working with this lovely plant creature.
I have been struggling with dry skin for a while now. It was getting so bad that it was cracking, even when I was using really good moisturizers. While I am grateful for the experience, because it allowed me to begin making and perfecting my own skin care goodies, it also helped me to have to finally sit down and figure out what was happening on the inside. Yes, I too struggle to keep up with self-care! But I made the commitment in 2015 to make that priority. Sage has some remarkable abilities to help heal dry, inflamed tissues. I began working sage into my diet and tea blends with pretty noticeable results, I feel less dry on the inside and outside! Read on to hear some of this plants lovely characteristics ☺
let's talk fats
They are so lovely. Taste good too. Sage has a lovely relationship with fats. First, likerosemary, sage has an ability to be antioxidant and has been traditionally used along with other herbs in the preservation of meats and stews prior to refrigeration. It is not nearly as strong as rosemary, but it has a lovely ability to aid the digestion and absorbtion of fats. Now for the sake of keeping this post shorter than the epic rosemary one, I'll skip the long lecture on making sure that you are working to eat good fats. But there are times when we are overly stressed, maybe having fluctuating hormones or other issues which cause us to be having digestive issues and poor nutrient absorbtion. Some key indicators this is happening for you is if you have dry skin, particularly if it is dry and sort of bumpy, dry soft tissues such as the colon (feels like the poo scraping on its way out, booty hole is dry and itis painful to pass), poop floats, you seem to be able to eat lots of fat but have lost weight or fat in your body, hot flashes in menopause (the adrenals are made of fatty tissue and can be depleated). Sage helps build and restore suppleness, especially to skin and connective tissues.
Sage has an intersting relationship with body fluids. It can help dry up excess fluids leaving the body. Excess urination can happen when the kidneys are unable to balance the reabsorbtion of blood in the cleansing process. Sage helps to balance this action and reduce fluid loss (Mathew Wood, 210). Sage used internally helps to move stagnant blood due to poor circulation (often in our modern time happening due to lack of exercise). Sage infused oil can be really helpful topically for blood that has congealed under the surface of the skin due to varicose veins, injuries and sores. A wash or poulstice made from a strong brewed infusion of sage leaves can help dry up excess secretions from rashes that weep, blisters and sores (including the Herpes simplex virus).
Excess sweat can be helped by drinking cold infusions (same for hot flashes) a couple times a day for a few days a week, giving the body a couple days rest, for a few weeks. This can also assist with excess saliva production and nasal dripping as well. It's not working like a diuretic, just pulling excess fluids out of the system, instead it is working to restore the causes of the excess fluid production and return balance into the system. A hot tea will help move excess heat that is trapped in the core of the body, like when a fever just won't break and the sick person is anxious and irritable cannot rest during their fever. It has also been used n the treatment of asthma where there is fluid in the lungs and a history of weakness/poor immune function (read: gets sick a lot). Not really used during an attack, more as part of a nourishing protocol addressing underlying factors.
let it go to your head
Sage is also one of the herbs that contains rosmarinic acid, a phytochemical that helps increase the life cycle of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved with memory, dreaming, relaxation response, and voluntary muscle movement. Sage has a long history as being an herb called on for wisdom, reflecting its effect on helping to enliven parts of the mind and also the relationship it had with the people who used it. Initially being associated in some early European areas with an agricultural diety, as agriculture became larger business and more economically complex, it evolved to be associated with making sound decisions, particularly in matters of business and finances. Still to this day, we say things like, "that's sage advise," and we reference certain persons as sages. This little plant was prized for helping the head to be clear, particularly after being steeped in white wine for a few days and drunk as a glass during a meal.
freshen your kisser
Sage is an invaluable ally for oral soft tissues. A warm tea used as a gargle can help tone, protect, soothe and cleanse inflamed oral tissues from gums to tonsils to throat. It works well as an herbal steam, especially when congested in lings or nasal passages, as well as a gargle. If you have laryngitis or pharyngitis or a sore throat, make a fresh plant tea with it (I tell you how to do that here) and add a little (preferably raw) honey to it. Mmmmmmmmm. Sip a cup or so every few hours while you are sick. I like to make a strong sage tea and add some sea salt to make a great mouth rinse after brushing. You can also take a fresh leaf and run it along your gums, sounds simple, but this is a very effective way to gently cleanse and deliver the antimicrobial and soothing oils directly to the inflamed spots.It's a great cleanser of the mouth, and since it aids in digestion (a well as helping to reduce gas and cramping in the gut), it can assist with the overall pleasantness of the breath as well, when consumed internally. For cold sores in the mouth, rinse with a strong tea several times daily.
Sage has a beautiful relationship with the nervous system. It strengthens it. When we think sage, most of us will immediately think about the traditional/ceremonial use as a smudge and incense for purification and grounding. The sage species of plants seem to have this deep ability to purify and ground us. Sage specifically is helpful for folks who get shakey when they get scared, an anxiety that manifests not as full blown, heart pumping panic (though a few drops of a sage tincture at this time can be really powerful), but for those 'omg, I think I am going to just disappear, my hands and legs are shaking" types. For this, I like to use a tincture of fresh + dried sage, a few drops at a time.
Look here at how sage grows. Do you see how she moves up and out, opening herself up and reaching out into the world? Taking up space? Being both oily and dry, soft and bumpy? Strong but delicate? Yep. That's kinda how sage works to help restore the nervous system, allowing it not to retreat into our bodies but to stay there, able to take up space and manage the level of emotion we are experiencing without collapsing or pulling into ourselves. That's part of the beauty of being grounded: you can fill out the space of your own body, feeling present. It's a bit of a different type of help with nervousness than the type of herbs that sedate an overactive nervous system. Sage helps empower a fearful one.
When you add up sage's ability to help assimilate fats and nourish fat based tissues and systems, ease digestion and digestive cramping, assist with memory and circulation while strengthening the nervous system, you get a picture of a plant that wants you to be centered and able to enjoy the richness of life. Don't fold in on yourself, fill yourself up with you so that you can be supple and open and present.
♥You know, be sage like!♥
Here's to your inner sage! If you give one of these recipes a try, let me know! ☺
a few of my very favorite sage recipes:
Brown Butter Chicken with Crispy Sage (I skip the walnuts and the ravioli)
Herbal Butter (Great way to add antioxidants!)
Pumpkin Sage Biscuits (I substituted GF flour and they were good!)
Sage Infused Vinegar (For easy home cleaning)
Plus a tea recipe of my own! Mix:
1 Part Sage,
2 Parts Oatstraw
1 Part Rose
1 Part Hawthorne Berries
1 Part Elderberries
A great immune + circulatory support blend!