Herb of the Day for August 21 is RED SAGE

RED SAGE (Salvia officinalis)

To grow:
Perennial herb. Grows 1 1/2-2 ft high. Leaves are 1-2 inches long, narrow, and
gray green. It has tall spikes of violet blue flowers. Can plant in poor, but
well-drained soil, full sun. It is fairly drought resistant. Cut back after
bloom and fertilize if you cut continually. Divide every three or four years.
Propagate from cuttings, layers, or seeds.

Uses:
It is most widely used as a remedy for inflammations of the mouth, gums, tongue,
throat, and tonsils. As a gargle it will help laryngitis, pharyngitis,
tonsillitis, and quinsy. It reduces sweating when taken internally and may be
used to reduce the production of breast milk. It stimulates the muscles of the uterus and may be used as a compress to heal wounds.

Part used:
Leaves. Collect the leaves when the plant begins to flower in late spring or
early summer. Dry in the shade at a temperature not above 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Infusion:
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 tsp. of the leaves and leave to infuse for
10 minutes. Drink three times a day.

Mouthwash:
Bring 2 tsp. of the leaves and 1 PT of water to a boil. Let stand, covered for
15 minutes. Gargle deeply for 5-10 minutes several times a day.
Tincture:
Take 2-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.

CAUTION:
Avoid during pregnancy

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