March Mona Newsletter

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Sage, Salvia Officianalis, has been cultivated since the first monastery gardens. The Latin name Salvia literally means to heal or make well and to the Romans it was a sacred herb and was gathered with great ceremony. It is said that the Chinese would trade 3 cases of tea for one of sage! Though it grows well here, sage is indigenous to more Southern climes.

A cup or two of sage tea early in the evening is said to help with night sweats associated with the menopause and also to regulate menstruation and relieve cramps. Gargling with sage tea relieves and disinfects a sore throat. It is also said to help relieve mucus congestion in the airways and the stomach and wards off colds and flues. It can be used sparingly in soups and stews. Sage was widely used in ancient times as a folk medicine and it is a strongly flavoured pungent herb so use sparingly always. It is best to use whole fresh leaves from your garden. Pick a handful of leaves, crush and infuse in boiling water as you would tea leaves, for at least five minutes in your teapot. As sage is so cleansing and astringent, it can help tighten open pores. A few drops of very pure sage oil in the bath is soothing and relaxing, easily getting to the pains and inhaled with the steam. Be sure to use only the best quality oils.

If dried in bunches, sage can be lighted and used to freshen a room or house and in ancient times it was used as a physic cleanser in this way to help shift old, stagnant or stale energies in homes and at times of ritual, much as we use Holy Water today.

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