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Sage - Broadleaf (Salvia officinalis) Seeds
Perennial Zone 4-8
The Latin name for sage, salvia means "to heal".
Although the effectiveness of Common Sage is open to debate, it has been recommended at one time or another for practically every ailment.
It is reputed to be good against water retention. Has been used as an antibiotic, an antifungal, a sedative, an astringent, and as a tonic; There is growing evidence of it's benefits in treating symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia.
Other treatments include: dissolving kidney stones, reducing dandruff, helping to regulate menstruation, reducing night sweats, against headaches, to ease rheumatic fever and joint pain, against colds and coughs and to ease indigestion.
*Caution: In high doses, sage can over stimulate and should be avoided by anyone who suffers from epilepsy. It should also be avoided in early pregnancy.
Sage can grow up to three feet and gives off a distinct fragrance. It flowers around June-July.
Sage may bloom in its first year but you should allow the plant to grow unharvested for the first year.
Sage may bloom in its first year but you should allow the plant to grow unharvested for the first year. Leaves can be harvested anytime, but they are considered at their best just before or after flowering. It can quickly grow into a small woody shrub, so it may need replacing every 3-4 years.
*Please Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).