Myths and facts about the sage
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My late grandmother said that a once-respected garden in a country house could not do without a sage bush under any circumstances. I don’t remember exactly how many home remedies I received as a child for various ailments; And of course the image of my mother with individual leaves stuck to her temple to relieve her migraines is still vivid in my memory.
I later learned that it is an aromatic plant native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, and since ancient times many beneficial health properties have been attributed to it; In fact, its name “sage” means treatment or healing, and it was also used and revered by ancient civilizations.
Myth and benefits
The Christmas legend says that the parents of the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, were forced to flee Bethlehem because of the threat of King Herod, who was searching for the child to kill. On the way to Egypt, in the presence of the king’s soldiers, the mother had the idea of hiding behind a sage plant.
Then an amazing thing happened: suddenly the shrub began to grow and bloom. It is decorated with beautiful violet flowers and smells very sweet. They say that in the face of that protective environment, the newborn smiled, and the evil hosts went on without seeing them. Since then, the herb has offered healing properties to everyone, demonstrating its great kindness and generosity.
Mysticism aside, benefits Salvia officinalis L., given its scientific name, making it a valuable choice in natural medicine, gaining ground not only in new health fields, but also in common life scenarios; Normal physiological processes, associated with the passage of time and the social environment that disturb physical and mental balance.
Article published on the digital website Globalism Note that this plant is ideal if you suffer from stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting, simply by eating a few batches of its leaves daily. Meanwhile, for people suffering from stomatitis, toothache, sore throat, pharyngitis, etc., it is highly recommended to perform Mouthwash with this herb diluted in water.
Sage, hormone regulator
On the other hand, for women with complicated menstrual cycles, taking two injections a day can help a lot, as it relieves menstrual pain and is also a hormone regulator. They say that in the case of young athletes, it is an ideal treatment because it has been proven that female athletes are not hormonally regulated and therefore can suffer more injuries.
In the same vein, they pointed to the thermoregulatory properties of the grass, with a noticeable effect on the nerve endings of the sweat glands. Therefore, it is recommended for postmenopausal women who suffer from hot flashes and excessive sweating, to soothe these and other typical signs of estrogen deficiency.
In diabetics, according to studies, it can control blood glucose because it removes excess blood sugar. In the case of those who suffer from exhaustion, listlessness, and fatigue, sage stimulates us, as it has a positive effect on the central nervous system.
Some experts in the field support plant defense in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. They justify this choice given that this type of plant supports the work of the mind and delays the development of the disease.
For internal use in almost all diseases and conditions described, it is recommended to consume sage in the form of an infusion. To do this, boil about 25 grams of leaves per liter of water and drink the mixture three times daily.
In the event of trauma or injury, it helps us to improve healing by applying a compress soaked in a solution of water with sage. In the same way, we can relieve muscle pain after exercise, because it is an excellent anti-inflammatory.
Through an infographic, the Secretariat of Agriculture and Social Development of Mexico shared precise data on sage, which, in addition to helping in the fight against diseases, is a plant “cultivated for the purposes of the food, herbal, cosmetics and alcoholic beverages industries.” Even among its uses, its consumption in tea and infusions stands out, It is believed that the leaves of the plant, if chewed, help in cleaning the teeth well.
As a curious note, just add that in a medieval saying, sometimes attributed to Martin Luther, it says: “Is the man stingy whose sage grows in the garden?“, which translates into Spanish as: “Why does a man die while sage grows in the garden?”