Monday, January 4, 2010

Sage -- Facts and Fiction

Sage - Salvia Officinalis

I've written quite a bit about sage already, so if I repeat myself forgive me. It's a fantastic herb used for flavoring foods, as well as healing.

Sage prefers a sunny location, and can take dry soil conditions. It can be grown from seeds or cuttings. It has been well-loved throughout the centuries so the folklore and wives tales abound.

Here a just a few of my favorites:


1. Plant sage next to a beehive for a sage-flavored honey.

2. The Chinese valued sage so much that they traded the Dutch three chests of tea leaves for one chest of sage leaves.
An Ancient Chinese proverb says, "How can a man grow old who has sage in his garden?"

3. Sage is the birthday flower for January 19th.

4. American Indians mixed sage with bear grease to create a healing salve.

5. Sage can be used as an antiseptic, and an aid in digestion, as well as soothing coughs and colds.

6. Sage was used for dental hygiene; the leaves were rubbed on the teeth and gums. It also whitened teeth.

Wives Tales:

1. Snip the flowers of sage before they bloom to prevent misfortunes.

2. To find out who your future husband will be, go to the graveyard at midnight on Halloween and pick 9 sage leaves without breaking the branch while the clock is striking 12 and the face of your true love will be revealed. IF you are destined to be a spinster, a coffin will be shown instead.

3. Eat sage in May to live to an old age.

4. The Greeks believed that sage would make a man immortal.

5. If you are able to grow a healthy sage plant in your garden, your business will flourish.

6. In the language of flowers, sage symbolizes esteem.

"There in the front grows sage, sweetly scented.
It deserves to grow green forever, enjoying perpetual youth
For it is rich in virtue..."

Wilfred Strabo, 9th century monk and poet

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