Sage belongs to the genus of the Heliosphere (Salvia) angiosperm.
It is perennial, shrubby, with numerous branches, up to half a meter high, located in all regions of Greece, mainly in dry and rocky places.
Its leaves are elongated and thick, whitewhite.
The flowers are purple; Sage blooms between May and June and dries in the shade.
The plant has a strong aromatic smell and is cultivated for its medicinal properties as a decoction and spice.
Sage has high contents of essential oil, safflower, colorless or reddish yellow, saponins, bitter substances, terpenes, resins, bitter diterpenes, tannins, triterpenes, flavonoids and thujone. The leaves have antiseptic, expectorant and spasmolytic properties.
- The plant has tonic and cardiotonic properties and is also used against neuralgia.
- Suitable for stomach upsets.
- Sage in the form of a beverage is ideal for oral treatment in case of injuries, bumps, pharyngitis and gingivitis.
- It reduces intestinal gas, is diuretic and menopause.
- It is haemostatic, and skin anesthetic.
- It has antibiotic, antifungal, antispasmodic and hypoglycemic action.
- It has a positive effect on the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
HOW TO USE
As beverage: is served immediately after boiling. If the leaves remain for a long time in the water, the raw ingredients of the plant grow and cause unpleasant taste.
In cooking: In broths, food and vinegar. Because of its peppery flavor, it goes well with fat meats and cheese.
As essential oil: Ideal for treating wrinkles. It reduces the greasyness of the skin and hair dandruff. Because of its antibacterial action, it is used in cleaning.