Sage is an evergreen shrub that grows in thick and lush bushes. The ideal climate for its growth is the mild one, so it is widespread throughout Southern Europe and in all Italian regions. When the plant is just born its stem is green, but, as it grows, it acquires a darker and more woody color. In order to grow at its best, sage prefers neutral soils that do not contain too much limestone or too much sand. The soil must allow easy passage of water, so it is good to avoid planting it in places with high acidity. The ideal would be an open field but we can safely cultivate it in pots on the balcony of the house. Once grown it will need little care but well done. Sage pruning is indicated towards the end of the summer season, when the flowering of the plant will be completed. This is because we can thus promote the growth of new leaves and flowers in the following period.
Origins and use of sage
Sage is a plant that has been used since ancient times. The Egyptians and the Romans considered it an herb capable of healing any evil. In medieval times, the Salerno Medical School made extensive use of this plant, going as far as to give it the name of Salvia Salvatrix (that is, it saves). It is an aromatic plant that today is much used in the kitchen to flavor and give flavor to many dishes. Its name derives from the Latin salus which means health, which denotes its multiple healing properties. Its uses are the most disparate: in the wardrobe and in the drawers to protect clothes from moths, in the kitchen to flavor foods, on the skin as a beauty care and finally, but not in order of importance, to cure and heal many illnesses, disorders and diseases. It can also help in case of bad moods and melancholy states. But be careful not to abuse it! Due to the fact that it contains the same toxic substances typical of wormwood it can become dangerous, especially in people with hypertension problems.
Medical properties of sage
The sage plant contains numerous substances that are very useful for treating disorders and diseases. Essential oils, flavonoids, organic acid and saponins make it possible to intervene on problems that can undermine the serenity of our daily life. Its anti-inflammatory properties allow to intervene on disorders due to the menstrual cycle to relieve pain, but also for menopausal disorders. It helps against migraines and rheumatism, thanks to its soothing properties. It is particularly suitable for digestion problems. A good sage herbal tea is natural and works much better than many digesters, chemically created in the laboratory, sold in pharmacies. And it doesn't end here! Careful use of sage can be a great way to prevent diabetes in those at risk. In addition, sage wraps on wounds help speed up the healing process. All seasonal ailments, from cough to cold, can be treated with sage.
Sage pruning: Sage in the kitchen
Sage leaves are widely used in cooking, especially in Mediterranean cuisine. Fresh or dried, and then chopped, they serve to flavor many dishes, from first courses to meat and fish and also in savory pies. Also excellent for preparing drinks, in particular a very refined taste is offered by the sage herbal tea (which also has many healing properties). In the image, a delicious dish of gnocchi was made very simply with chickpea flour and sage. Especially the pasta dishes made with stuffed pasta do not require large seasonings, a simple sauce made of dried butter and sage will make the dish unique and tasty. Flavoring the roasts with fresh sage leaves is a chef's touch that will give the dish a delicious taste that will make all guests lick their whiskers. You can also cook fabulous pancakes made with flour and sage eggs. Simple and tasty they will make you make a beautiful figure at the table.