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Sage (Salvia officinalis)



Sputum-promoting, anti-inflammatory, germicidal, antispasmodic, stomach-strengthening, menstruation-regulating, antiperspirant, anti-flatulence, bilious-stimulating, wound-healing, anti-diarrheal, anti-milk secretion

Areas of application:

Sore throat, sweating, loss of appetite, flatulence, bronchitis, depression, diabetes (helpful in mild cases), diarrhea, purulent ulcers, eczema, colds, erysipelas, foot sweat, shingles, bilious disease, poor memory, facial rose, gout, hair loss, skin diseases, Hoarseness, inhibits milk secretion, hot flashes, cough, insect bites, laryngeal catarrh, whooping cough, liver weakness, lung weakness, stomach problems, tonsillitis, menstrual problems, bad breath, inflammation of the oral mucosa, night sweats, nerve weakness, pharyngitis, smoker's cough, rheumatism, poorly healing wounds, painfully swollen breasts, heavy sweating , obesity, indigestion, constipation, menopausal symptoms, white discharge, sores, bleeding gums, gum inflammation, painful periods, PMS, general fatigue

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

May – September (before or after flowering)


Bitter substances, tannins, essential oil (thujone), resin, gum, starch, protein, saponin, acids, glycosides


☕ Tea: 2 teaspoons are poured with 1/4 liter of boiling water. Let it steep for at least 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup if necessary. This is also the mixture for gargling solutions.

In the kitchen, sage is used as a seasoning for pork, lamb, veal, tomato sauce, marinades, soups, vegetables and fish. Sage leaves baked into omelette dough make a delicious main course.

Real sage grows to around 60 cm high and wide. It blooms in late spring or summer with lavender purple, pink or white flowers. The leaves are elongated, about 6.5 cm long and 2.5 cm wide. They are gray-green in color and wrinkled on the upper side, while the underside is white and covered with short, soft hairs.

🛑 Sage can significantly reduce milk production in nursing mothers. Therefore, avoid taking it while breastfeeding.

Sage leaf
Sage leaf close-up

"Whoever builds on sage - hardly sees death" it says in old books.

Hildegard von Bingen: Take sage and powder it, and eat this powder with bread, this reduces the bad juices in you. If anyone has foul breath, let him boil sage in wine and drink it often. But whoever suffers from paralysis should boil sage in water

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