Scientific Name: Salvia officinalis L.
Family: Lamiaceae (labiate plant)
Essential oil, tannins, amaroids, flavonoids
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.
Sage tea heals inflammation of the gum, the mouth and the throat, calms the mucous membranes, reduces perspiration and has a positive effect on the stomach and the intestines. The essential oil disinfects and relieves cramp, a property that is promoted by the tannins it contains. In homoeopathy it is used predominantly to inhibit perspiration.
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 as medicines.
The plant from another perspective
Although the natural habitat of sage is in the warm climates of the Mediterranean, it can withstand cold winters. Ever green, the small bush appears at its freshest and most vital particularly in the cold season: an expression of its great vitality that connects with the physical life forces in man. Therefore sage has a close relationship to the skin as a secreting organ, to the activity of the sweat glands. By helping to connect man more closely to his physical body, sage has a warming effect.
The plant in our products
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, Deodorising Foot Cream , Silk Body Powder, Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Milk, Quince Hydrating Body Milk and Clarifying Intensive Treatment (age 25+). Sage is also a component of Dr. Hauschka Med Sage Mouthwash and Labimint Acute Lip Care.
In WALA medicines, the inflammation-inhibiting property of sage is the main feature, preparations such as WALA Echinacea Mouth and Throat Spray* (for acute and chronically inflammatory changes in the mucous membranes in the neck-nose-throat area and the tonsils) and WALA Archangelica comp.* (for inflammatory changes in the respiratory tract). WALA Sage Dragees for sucking provide gentle relief for the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat.
*Prescribing information for the preparations mentioned (the indications are derived from the anthroposophical understanding of man and nature):
Archangelica comp., Globuli velati
Indications: Inflammatory conditions of the airways, e.g. inflammation of the vocal cords (laryngitis), inflammation of the windpipe (tracheitis), dry tickly cough. Warning: This medicinal product contains sucrose and lactose.
Echinacea Mund- und Rachenspray (mouth and throat spray)
Indications: Harmonisation of the sensitivity organisation in the oropharyngeal region in acute and chronic inflammatory conditions of the mucous membranes and the tonsils and in patients with a lymphatic diathesis. Warning: As Echinacea Mund- und Rachenspray contains sage, women who are breastfeeding should only use the product after consulting a doctor. Contains 18 % (v/v) alcohol.For information on risks and side-effects please read the pack insert and ask your doctor or pharmacist.