Sage - Medicinal velvet caress

Already ancient shamans and witch it added to its mysterious perfumes. He said the ancient Romans enjoyed its healing powers and seasonings .. and well done. Velvety leaves of medicinal plants conceal a lot of "Gold" from which it is lawful for us to benefit ..

Sage - Medicinal velvet caress

Sage herb is of much use and many medicinal and interesting effects on our body and it is certainly worth noting. There are many varieties of sage with very similar effects. Let's look at that in our country the best known and most commonly grown, sage Medicine. It is a herb with great force, and therefore we were in her first learn to handle ..

Harvesting, drying and other processing methods
Sage can be collected throughout the vegetation peak, during the summer. We can reap the leaves, or even the entire tops of shoots, which will support košatění and richness of plants. Grown shrub us to offer even greater source of their fragrant treasure. Collected leaves and tops of the shoots should be dried in a thin layer in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight. As it will be dried using a heat source, the temperature should not exceed 30 ° C. Dried drug, then use a tea infusion, or as a condiment.
Sage but we can also freeze fresh, like other herbs used as a spice in food. This is best suited to the classical form of ice formation. To each tray in the form of put sliced ​​or chopped sage leaves, pour water and let freeze. These herb cubes can be used during treatment of meat, soups and other foods, have a great spicy, peppery and aromatic power.

Curative effects of salvia
In the natural healing sage known for its disinfectant, antibacterial and antivirózními effects. If we are attacked by fever, cough, colds, flu, sore throat and other respiratory diseases, sage tea from us can be a great help and will strongly support our body to fight against the invaders. The infusion of sage is excellent as a gargle for sore throat or inflammatory diseases and bleeding gums.
This herb also has a very beneficial effect on our digestion. Helps against flatulence, stimulates digestion and gallbladder function. It is an established and functioning accelerator treating stomach and intestinal catarrh and food poisoning.
Substances contained in sage, very successfully take up the fight against excessive sweating. This is the best pickle, which we use in time of need as a tea. He also has a generally calming effect on our bodies, such as nervous tension, stress and insomnia. For moderate use is not a very positive influence on our "headquarters". A group of British lords pundits said recently found that the use of oils with extracts of sage, significantly improves short-term memory, which could be exceedingly convenient for students.
Certainly interesting information for breastfeeding moms .. substances contained in sage reduce the production of breast milk, which we can use if we want to stop breastfeeding, but rather if we want to continue to breastfeed, we should not at this time salvia use internally at all. Pregnant women should be taken internally sage should also prefer to avoid. External application not hurt.

Relatively strong disinfectant, coun, dreamy s and anti-inflammatory effects of salvia have their place even when external use. Crushed sheet useful as a first aid for insect bites or minor skin injuries, when we place it disinfected and soothed, but also for subsequent use accelerates the healing process. Infusion used as a bath or compress treat various fungal problems and fungal skin disease.

The use of sage in cosmetics
For its astringent and antiseptic abilities sage has wide use in cosmetics. Infusion used for the final rinse head is able to suppress or even cure the formation of dandruff on the scalp. Used as a lotion may be helpful to us even in problematic skin and acne treatment. Extracts of sage are added to mouthwashes and toothpaste, support the treatment of inflammation in the oral cavity and simultaneously suppress bad breath. We provide the same service and ordinary chewing fresh sheet or gargling brine.

Sage like the spice
Sage is used as a spice since time immemorial, and that the treatment lamb and veal, wilderness, into different stuffings, chopped and minced meat flavor. Often we find it as one of the ingredients of seasoning mixture on fish and other meat and vegetable dishes and herbal blends for grilling . Applying it for making herbal vinegars, oils and butters. Because has a very distinct flavor and aroma, the total significant effect us enough already small amount.

Other important and interesting effects of sage - thujone and its adverse effect
Sage, as well as a wormwood, contains essential oil called thujone. Certainly, therefore, was one of the herbs added to the intoxicating perfumes shamans and witches. Intoxicating power known, highly alcoholic absinthe, which is also called "The Green Fairy" or "Green muse" is based precisely on this matter. Thujone acts on the body in high doses intoxicating. When eating large amounts of sage, we should therefore be able to find themselves in a state of intoxication and some detachment from ordinary reality, which is accompanied by an overdose chills, flushing, tremor, nausea, to vomiting, and in extreme cases loss of consciousness. Prolonged use at high doses would thujone could threaten our mental health and intelligence, as it happened some well-known artists of the Romantic period, an avid absinthe drinkers. That we are talking about really consumed high amounts of thujone, if sage guidance experts say that poisoning occurs when consumption exceeded 15 g dry anything about drugs. Because thujone in water does not shed nearly as much as alcohol, tea infusion and when sober dosage and use normally does not have these undesirable toxic effects.

Recipe for Tea / Infusion: 1 heaped teaspoon dried drugs to 0.25 liters of hot water (1 cup), let infuse for about 5 minutes and after drinking sips (for external application can use a proportionately greater amount of dried sage)

[2006-08-02]
The author Sage - Medicinal velvet caress: Michaela Vorlová