(Salvia Officinalis) (Salviae folium) (perennial, low water need)
Ancient Egyptians believed it was the fertility drug
Sage can be planted from seeds in late spring about 1/8 inch deep and take 10 to 21 days to germinate. It can also be planted from cuttings or seedlings.
Soil and water: Sage grows well in rich clay loam that drains well and is rich in nitrogen. It prefers soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Mix some some sand into the organic soil to help with drainage. The soil should be kept moist when the sage plants are small. Eventually prefers a drier soil.
Tip for the Nomad: Plant sage on the opposite side to a high water need plant like parsley and only water the parsley. The sage will be happy with what is left over.
Sun: Ideally, sage plants should grow in full sun light, but they will also survive in light shade in hotter areas.
Harvest: Cut leaves or young, tender stems as needed, it will keep growing back.
- Anti-bacterial benefits
- Aromatic Relaxant,
- Sage is known to aid digestion.
- Sage in warm water can soothe a sore throat and help with a cough.
- A cup of the strong infusion will be found good to relieve a nervous headache.
- Sage leaf helps to reduce menopausal sweats.
Sage is a common cooking herb. It is used fresh or dried for meats, marinades, pastas.
Good as tea.