In this edition, we would like to share with you two popular, highly aromatic Mediterranean herbs -Sage and Rosemary. Although they are well known culinary herbs, they have also been used for thousands of years as medicine. All culinary herbs have greater medicinal properties when grown in a Homa atmosphere. If it’s not possible to get Homa grown herbs, then next best is to use quality organic herbs that have good colour and aroma.
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sage is a hardy plant that will survive freezing winter temperatures but likes well drained soil. It is an easy plant to grow in the garden or in pots. The texture of the Sage leaf resembles that of the tongue, and as if nature was trying to tell us, this herb is the traditional remedy for mouth and throat problems. Only the leaf is used to make remedies.
It can be taken as an infusion for mouth ulcers, sore throat, tonsillitis and bleeding gums, while a stronger infusion can be used as a gargle for throat infections. To make an infusion add 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water, add a pinch of Agnihotra Ash Powder, and let stand between 5-15 minutes. If using fresh herb then use 2-3 teaspoons per cup.
Sage infusions are beneficial to the liver and kidneys and are also recommended for weak digestion and general nervous and physical debility. So it is a great remedy to
take when recuperating from an illness like flu.
Infusions have been used by Type II diabetics to help boost insulin production and tests have shown it may lower blood sugar levels.
Because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, Sage poultices can be applied to cuts and bruises. Just crush a few leaves to release their juices, add a little Agnihotra Ash Powder, and hold over the skin with a bandage.
Sage has a long folk tradition of aiding memory and enhancing longevity. It is a wonderful herb then for students as well as seniors.
The Romans used to brush their teeth with frayed Sage sticks, and a strong Sage infusion is traditionally used as a rinse for dark hair to add lustre and strength.
Avoid using Sage during pregnancy, because it will reduce milk flow in lactating mothers.