Description

It could be described as being elegant with its slender leaves covered with a greenish-grey down. This velvety covering is the first sign that this is indeed sage. If you then rub the leaves, the sage aroma that spreads is the unmistakable proof. Sage is a semi-shrub type plant, growing to 20 to 60 cm in height, as it lignifies at the lower end but at the upper end the stems remain soft and covered with felt-like down. From June to July the light violet to blue-violet flowers adorn the velvety bush, gathering together in loose heads and stretching both lips towards you, a sign of labiate plants. It is worth looking at these marvellous flowers more carefully, their lips seeming to form small mouths out of which the stamens project like tongues.

Uses

Sage tea is used for inflammation of the gum, mouth and throat, calms the mucous membranes, reduces perspiration and has a positive effect on the stomach and the intestines. The essential oil has purifying effects and relieves cramps, a property promoted by the tannins it contains.

Interesting Facts

As early as the early Middle Ages sage was being used widely in central Europe. It owes to the Virgin Mary its reputation for being able to grant eternal life. According to legend, in her flight to Egypt with the infant Jesus she is said to have hidden from Herod under a sage bush. Many sayings, such as 'Whoever grows sage barely looks at death!' (Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Wander), bear witness to its healing properties. Sage is one of the strong August herbs which in churches were dedicated to the dying Mother of God on the feast of the Assumption. These important medicinal plants were herbs that were supposed to protect against magic, conflagration and hailstorms and also aided fertility and made it easier to give birth. They were placed in the seed chest or in the coffin of those who had died. Many were herbs to be burned as incense during religious festivals. Along with yarrow, mugwort, arnica, marigold and sage, familiar herbs such as lovage and dill came to be used therapeuticallyas medicines.

The Plant at Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

In Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, the warming and regulating components are used in many preparations, such as Dr. Hauschka Bronzing Powder, Blush Duo, Sage Purifying Bath Essence, Sage Mint Deodorant, Rose Deodorant, Deodorizing Foot Cream, Silk Body Powder, Lemon Lemongrass Vitalizing Body Milk, Quince Hydrating Body Milk and Clarifying Intensive Treatment (age25+)

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