(Editor’s note: Today we have another guest post from Mrs. TPL. Sometimes known as “Monkey Momma 5,” she home-schools the kids and has many other important duties as the domestic engineer. I like to grow herbs (like sage) to give her to cook with. She is a superior cook, and so she’s going to talk about using culinary herbs for cleaning and health as well as for cooking. The best way to get these herbs is to get them fresh, by growing them at home. So make sure you put some herbs in your permaculture food forest!)
Garden sage has heating, drying, pungent, bitter and astringent qualities to it. I have often thought that the plant’s qualities reflect its ideal environment.
Think of where sage loves to grow and you start to understand more about the plant and what it can do for you.
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It’s very drying and has been used for drying up a lactating woman’s breast milk. Its astringent qualities are wonderful for gum health because of its effect on the tissue to reduce information as well as to kill germs.
Sage is beneficial as an addition to herbal steams to help reduce inflammation.
Traditionally sage has been used as a smudge and is burned to help purify the air. I do not like to burn herbs because of the added particles to the indoor air, but it may not bother you.
Sage reduces perspiration by up to 50% and many herbal deodorants on the market use it. Like rosemary, sage contains powerful antioxidants, which slow spoilage supporting its traditional use as a preservative.
Here are some great ways to use sage:
Sage Throat Spray
- 5 fresh sage leaves
- 8 oz distilled water
- 5 inch square cheese cloth
- 8 oz amber glass bottle with spray-top
Place sage in a small glass bowl.
In a small, nonmetal pot with a tightly fitting lid, bring the distilled water to a boil.
Pour the boiling water over the sage. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
Place the cheese cloth in a fine gauge sieve.
Strain the infusion into the spray bottle and discard the spent herb.
For swollen, inflamed throat apply the spray every 2 hours.
Can be stored in refrigerator for 3 days. (The Healing Kitchen)
Sage Lip Cream
- 4 tsp sweet almond oil
- 1 tsp shredded beeswax
- 2 tsp dried sage
- 4 tsp warm rosewater
- 5 drops sage oil
Put the almond oil and the beeswax together in a double boiler and simmer slowly until they have melted and mixed.
Add the dried sage, stir, cover and allow to simmer for five minutes.
Remove from the heat and leave to steep for two hours.
Return the mixture to a low heat, strain and whip in the rosewater.
Continue blending for several minutes.
Remove from the heat, add the sage oil and keep stirring until the salve thickens and cools.
Pot and label.
- 12-14 fresh sage leaves or 4 tsp dried or 2 tsp ground
- 2 whole cloves
- sliced and scraped peel of one lemon
- 1½ cups dry white wine
- 1 ¼ cups vodka
- 1 cup sugar syrup – instructions at end
Lightly crush the sage leaves, add the clove and lemon peel to the white wine and vodka for 2 weeks.
Strain and filter, then add the sugar syrup.
Mature 4-9 weeks.
Sugar Syrup – 1 cup white granulated sugar and ½ cup water
Bring to a boil, and stir until all the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is clear.
Always cool before adding to alcohol mixture. (Homemade Liqueurs)
Salviata (Sage Pudding)
- 6 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 Tbs all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup chopped fresh sage leaves
- 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
- 3 Tbs freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbs heavy cream
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
Combine the eggs and flour in a mixing bowl and beat to incorporate.
Stir in the remaining ingredients except the olive oil.
Grease a 6-inch round baking dish with the olive oil and pour in the egg mixture.
Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for about 30 minutes, until risen and set but still soft.
Serves 4 to 6.
If there’s other herbs you want to know more about, just get in touch and I’ll contact you or write an article on it.
Have fun with your sage!
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