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Garden Sage

This plant can be distinguished from other members of this genus by its light purple flowers, greyish, tomentosed leaves and strong, camphor-like scent.

It was once said that “Death shall spare you if you keep sage in your garden”. This opinion is surely exaggerated, but comprehensively illustrates a feeling of our ancestors to that beauty and pleasant little plant. There was a time when sage has been recognized as the panacea. Albert the Great, an outstanding figure of medieval natural scientists, had attributed it with a power to raise a dead. Now we can base on its real virtues to glorify sage, to appreciate and use it – and list of these qualities is long, indeed. Leaf infusion, administered internally, helps in indigestion, flatulence and liver illness. In addition, it significantly reduces excessive sweating (e.g. in course of tuberculosis) and salivation (in Parkinson’s disease). Sage also provides relief in anxiety and depression, as well as in certain women problems (infertility, menopause). Externally, sage could be used for example as an oral rinse in inflammation of gums or throat in tonsillitis, as well as medicine for dressings (in boils, abscesses, chronic wounds and first-degree burns).