Infusion of sage

The sage plant

Sage is a plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. It is widespread in a great variety of species, so much so that there are more than nine hundred of them. The most common in Europe is officinal sage. It reaches a height that can vary from 30 to 120 cm. Resistant to most diseases, hardly gets sick. Indeed, its smell is able to repel some insects (such as snails) and diseases that attack other plants. Sage blooms between May and October. The collection of flowers and leaves can take place throughout the year, but it is in the vegetative period (from spring to the end of summer) that they reach the best quality in terms of taste. Before harvesting the first leaves, it would be preferable to wait until the plant has developed a lush bush. Once collected,

How to grow sage

Sage is a small evergreen shrub that is part of the Lamiaceae family. Its leaves are traditionally used in cooking for their typical intense aroma, but they also lend themselves to the preparation of excellent healing herbal teas. This plant, with a thousand virtues, can be easily grown in pots or in our gardens, as long as small precautions are followed. The best time to plant sage is from October until June. Even if she loves the sun, it is not recommended to plant her during the summer because excessive heat could prevent her from adapting well to the change. Sage grows best in well-drained lands. It prefers sunny areas to the penumbra and generally requires little care once it has taken root. It should be watered in periods of intense heat.

The properties of sage

Sage was already known to the ancients for its medicinal properties. The name itself, which derives from the Latin word “salvus” (salvo), alludes to its therapeutic qualities. Digestive, diuretic, antispasmodic, antiseptic and anti-sweat properties are attributed to this plant. It is especially recommended for mouth and throat infections. Used in the form of gargle it treats stomatitis and gum disease. Sage is an excellent remedy in case of difficult digestion and against diarrhea. External use has an antiseptic function and is recommended in case of insect bites. The intake of sage should not be prolonged over time, nor should the quantities be exaggerated. This plant contains, in fact, toxic substances for the body that require precautions.

Infusion of sage: The infusion of sage

The sage infusion is a natural remedy with multiple applications and easy to prepare. The dried leaves can be found in health food stores, but they can also be prepared at home if you have a potted or garden sage plant. The infusion is obtained by pouring 1 to 3 grams of chopped leaves into 150 ml of boiling water. The container used must be covered to prevent the principles from evaporating. The sage leaves should be kept on for 5 to 10 minutes, then filtered. It is best to sip the drink before it cools for maximum benefits. The sage tea lends itself to multiple uses. It can be used against digestive disorders. It also boasts anti-sweat properties. A German study from the 1980s showed that the daily intake of infusion, obtained with 4.5 grams of dried leaves, helped to reduce sweating in subjects suffering from excessive perspiration. The sage infusion is also recommended as a remedy against heat exhaustion typical of menopause.

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