Meadow sage gives way to medicinal sage

Meadow sage gives way to medicinal sage

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Meadow sage is widespread in our forest-steppe zones, but this type of sage is much inferior to medicinal sage (although it is used in folk medicine), which can be grown in gardens and then used for various purposes. That is why you should not collect meadow sage, the more you can make a mistake and harm your health, it is better to plant a beautiful and healthy shrub in the garden - medicinal sage.

Salvia officinalis blooms in June-July, and in the fruiting phase more essential oil accumulates in the plant, but there are more tannins already in the fall. Sage leaves contain up to two and a half percent of essential oil, which are composed of borneol, cineole, camphor, alcohols, triterpenic acids and tannins.

Planting and harvesting sage

It is better for sage to choose a sunny place where there is loamy or loose sandy loam soil. Sage tolerates drought well, but requires watering in extremely dry weather, and especially after cutting. It can get damaged from frost, in case of a good transfer of winter, sage is able to "live" in one place for many years. In order for the wintering of sage to be successful, you need to cut it off on a "stump" in the fall and sprinkle it with compost.

Sage seeds can be sown either in early spring or, what is better, at the end of October, that is, for the winter, directly into the open ground, the sowing depth is about one and a half centimeters. You can grow sage through seedlings, on which the seeds are sown at the end of February, the seedlings appear after three weeks, a little later they need to be cut into individual pots. Open seedlings are planted in the ground when there is no risk of frost return, keeping 25 centimeters between plants.

It is better to start cutting sage shoots, so that later they can be used for medicinal as well as culinary purposes, from the moment when the plant blooms and you can cut it until the end of October. It is better to cut off inflorescences and leaves so that fifteen centimeters remain from the ground. Next, the slices are placed in a ventilated, but dark room, where the temperature does not rise above 35 degrees. You can store the workpiece for no more than one and a half years.

Sage application

Sage possesses anti-inflammatory, hemostatic, antimicrobial, tonic properties, it helps to activate the secretion of the gastrointestinal tract, the secretion of gastric juice, reduces sweating. Due to its properties, sage is used in the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, liver, viral diseases, bronchitis, tonsillitis, parotitis, sciatica, gingivitis, neuritis and polyarthritis and many other diseases.

Sage leaves are used in the food industry, they are used to season salads, soups, meat, fish, vegetables, poultry, sweet dishes, and are also used as a flavoring agent for tea and tobacco.

Sage is used to make:

  • strong decoctions for rinsing the mouth for problems of the oral cavity, for lotions for rheumatism, skin lesions, ulcers, wounds, for rinsing hair to strengthen them;
  • sage infusions are used internally for the treatment of many diseases, however, self-medication with sage is contraindicated, a doctor's consultation is required.

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