Sage Herb (Salvia Officinalis) Uses & Health Benefits
Sage Herb is one of my favorite herbs in my garden. We have a large Perennial Sage herb plant in our garden and it has many uses including adding fresh to Teas, including sage in our kitchen with cooking, as well as drying sage for smudging as an incense.
Sage Herb Benefits and Medicinal Uses
Sage aids int he digestion of rich fatty meat. It helps lower cholesterol levels and is an excellent herb for rebuilding vitality and strength when battling long term illness. Sage tea is a warm bracing drink, excellent when mixed with mint or rosemary and lemon balm for a healthy and tasty stress reliever. Sage also may be helpful in offering relief from hot flashes and night sweats. Sage is also a well known cold and flue fighter because of its relaxing, astringent, and antiseptic action of the mucous membranes. Sage also is a classic remedy for inflammation of the mouth, throat and tonsils. It may be effective remedy for laryngitis, tonsillitis and sore throat as a spray or gargle and can be used as a mouthwash to treat infected or sore gums.
Sage Nutrient Profile
However, sage contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that might be beneficial to health. These compounds include:
Alpha- and beta-thujone
Alpha- and beta-caryophyllene
Alpha- and beta-pinene
Growing Sage Herb & Flowers in Your Garden
Sage (Salvia Officinalis) is hardy in Zones 4 to 8. Garden age loves full sunshine, in warm to hot conditions and a well drained soil. It is easy to grow herb. It doesn’t thrive in wet or soggy soil and gets tired of cool wet weather so keep it in a well drained, hot, sunny spot. It is best to get plants for a nursery or propagate them from root cuttings. Older plants get woody and appreciate a trim of old grow in the early spring, before the new green growth starts.
Planting Sage in the garden is an excellent choice as it is one of the best perennial plants to help support local pollinators and native bee populations. At our Bee Joy Sanctuary on The Gulf Islands of British Columbia, BC we grow a perennial sun garden with Sage, Rosemary and Lemon Balm.