Sage is an herb commonly used for culinary and medicinal purposes, and known for centuries as a powerful herb for smudging, blessings and healing. The name Sage has been corrupted over time from the Latin name, salvia. The origin of salvia is salvere, which means “to be sound”. This could be taken quite literally, for sage is known as a medicinally curative plant.
There is an old expression long since forgotten yet never diminished in its truth: “Cur moriatur homo cui Sidvia crescil in horto?” which means, “Why should a man die whilst Sage grows in his garden?”
Uses of Sage – Historical
The bitterness and condimentary pungency of sage enables the stomach to digest rich and luscious meats and
gravies, if it be eaten therewith.
In Buckinghamshire a tradition maintained that the wife rules where Sage grows vigorously in the garden.
The sage plant will thrive or wither, just as the owner’s business prospers or fails.
George Whitfield, a cleric of fame in heightened religious days of the 18th century took only Sage-tea, with sugar, and coarse bread during his years at Oxford.
Sage is singulary good for the head and brain; it quickeneth the senses and memory; strengtheneth the sinews; restoreth health to those that hath the palsy; and takes away shaky trembling of the members.”
Agrippa, Roman statesman, called sage “the holy herb” because women with child, if they be likely to come before their time, “do eat thereof to their great good.”
But if Sage be smelt for some time it will cause a sort of intoxication, and giddiness. The leaves, when dried and smoked in a pipe as tobacco, will lighten the brain.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is for entertainment only. It should be noted that there are many varieties of sage, and its use for medicinal or other uses should be thoroughly researched prior to use. It the responsibility of the user to obtain accurate information and make reasonable choices.
Stories and references obtained from Herbal Simples Approved For Modern Uses of Cure, published in 1897.
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