Aromatic sage herbs have several medicinal uses
Sage herbs come from a plant of the genus Salvia. When used without modifiers it generally refers to the common sage, but can be used with modifiers to refer to any member of the genus. However, the ornamental species are still most commonly referred to as Salvias. This genus includes shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals. They are grown as herbs and for ornament.
The name Salvia comes from salveo, salvare = to heal.
Some Artemisia species are sometimes called sages, a shortened version of sagebrush, which is a more appropriate term for
them. They generally taste vile, and have no place on the spice shelf, although many of them are used medicinally. This
misnaming has gone rather far in smudging: smudge bundles are made with various grey-leaved species of Artemisia and sold as
"whitesage" smudges. The true whitesage is Salvia apiana, which has a delightful scent when burned.
Aromatic sage herbs have several medicinal uses. Examples of aromatic species are :
- Salvia apiana, White sage, California white sage, a perennial at home in the mountains of Southern California, sometimes
found in the desert of southern Arizona
- Salvia candelabrum, a blue-flowering scented sage
- Salvia clevelandii, Blue sage, Cleveland sage, Fragrant sage, with a very strong scent, found either delightful or
- Salvia fulgens, Cardinal sage, Mexican red sage, a red-flowering perennial
- Salvia greggii, Autumn sage, a red-flowered sage with a very strong scent
- Salvia lyrata, Lyre-leaved sage, Lyreleaf sage, Cancerweed, a purple-flowering perennial
- Salvia officinalis, common sage; this is "the" sage. There are several varieties
- Salvia pratensis, Meadow clary, Meadow sage, a blue-flowering species
- Salvia sclarea, Clary (or Clary sage), a biennial sage with enormous (for sages) flower spikes, quite showy, and quite
tasty in teas
- Salvia verticillata, Whorled clary, Lilac sage, a white- or blue-flowering perennial with the scent of Clary
The aromatic sage herbs strengthen the lungs; they can therefore be used in teas or tinctures to prevent coughs: 2-3 cups a
day for 1-2 months, repeat yearly. Less aromatic species of Salvia are run-of-the-mill mint-family anti-inflammatories, which
means that they can be used for pretty much any infection or inflammation, and will give at least some relief.
Salvia officinalis, as a cold tea, will stop sweating, while the same tea, drunk hot, will produce sweating. Cold and hot
teas will also either stop or enhance milk production.
Salvia apiana, white sage herbs, is a very strong general anti-inflammatory, used as tea or tincture. The tincture has a very nice scent; it can be used as a perfume. This species is the famous whitesage of smudge sticks.
Salvia elegans, Pineapple sage, is a tender perennial with pineapple-scented leaves. Medicinally, this type of sage herbs are perhaps closest to the scented geraniums, sweet-smelling Pelargonium species.
Salvia miltiorrhiza, Red sage, is used medicinally in Traditional Chinese medicine.
Non-aromatic sage herbs are not considered medicinal. You'll find species like :
- Salvia argentea, Silver sage, usually a showy-flowered biennial, it's named for the color of its foliage
- Salvia azurea, Blue sage, Azure blue sage; this species has very big bright blue flowers; it's quite showy
- Salvia coccinea, Blood sage, a scarlet-flowered tender perennial
- Salvia farinacea, Mealycup sage, grown as an annual in temperate climates, it will survive mild winters
- Salvia horminum, (syn.: S. viridis), Painted sage, Clary, an annual with showy blue, pink or white flower bracts
- Salvia patens, a blue-flowering annual
- Salvia splendens, Scarlet sage, a red-flowering annual
- Salvia x superba, a purple-flowering perennial
The efficacy of sage herbs can be increased several fold by the correct and synergistic combination with other ingredients.
The result is much more efficient than the sum of individual nutrients.
Our personal suggestion of a highly potent supplement combining sage herbs with other ingredients
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