Herb Challenge Week #1

Today’s post is on sage! Sometimes it’s easy to forget that even the herbs you use for flavoring your food are medicinal, and they’re usually the best tasting ones. Sage is a carminative, which means it helps the body digest by stimulating blood flow to the digestive tract, so what’s not to love?

Hippocrates said, “Why should a man die while Sage grows in his garden?” Though when Hippocrates said it, it looked more like, “Cur moriatur homo cui Salvia crescit in horto?”

Now, sage is interesting because when you take it as a hot tea, it can bring about a fever-breaking sweat, but when you take it as a cold tea or in a capsule, it can help with excessive sweating.  It can also be used to help with hair loss and graying in a hair rinse, and you can take the tincture with warm water to help with nausea. Who knew such a common herb has so many uses?

Now, sage’s volatile oils are very sensitive to air and heat, so getting a sage plant and drying your own for medicinal uses would be best. Once it’s dried, try and keep it as whole as possible. When grinding it into a powder, only make enough to last you 48 hours, after that it’s not going to be as effective.

To dry sage, put it on a screen or a cooling rack in the shade outdoors, you can use a dehydrator as long as the heat isn’t above 100°F.  To prepare an infusion, steep dried sage for 10-30 minutes, and take it hot or cold as directed (you can use the infusion as a scalp rinse, too).

Now, go have fun with your sage! If you have any herbs you want to learn about, send me an email or a comment below.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Dawn Stevens says:

    Hi Grace! So I just learned the University of Washington has created Indigenous plant food gardens in several locations on campus with one being near my boat! I am going out in Lake Washington in a canoe to search of Wapato! Have you seen this plant with the name Saggitaria latifolio growing anywhere around here in the Pacific Northwest? It is also known as arrowroot. It is a wetland plant and we would like to dig some up and replant in a water garden.
    G Dawn


    1. graceofherbs says:

      I don’t know if I have, but I will keep an eye out!


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