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Herbal Alchemy

By Andrée Beauchamp 16 Jun, 2017
Sage Officinalis is especially splendid this year with her long tendrils of periwinkle blooms that sprawl over the rock garden after the evening's rain. Sage is native to the Mediterranean and North  Africa and hence why she prefers dry conditions, and yet, she will readily grow wherever she is  welcomed.The leaves and flowers are cut back in the early summer just before flowering. One can harvest Sage two or three times over the season, cutting the plant back by 1/3 to provide you with a bounty of goodness that will serve well over the winter season.

Sage means to save in French -salvere. There is an old saying that Sage follows the fortunes of the household. I feel so deeply grateful for the home Misia and i have spent the last ten years.   And sage has been a part of that. Sage heals by deeply and simply serving us, for people and animals alike. 

Sage is a superb hormonal support primarily, is a glandular tonic, rich in volatile oils of up to 30%, with thujone, cineole, linalol, camphor, salvene and pinene, with tannins, triterpenes, flavanoids and resins. Sage is anti- inflammatory, carminative, anti-spasmodic, astringent, anti-catarrhal, emmenegogue and a febrifuge.

Sage is effective and soothing for young women during puberty, for fertile women in motherhood and for the crone, in the menopausal years. Sage being estrogenic, helps young women regulate their menses in the early years, and smoothes out emotions, helps nursing mothers to reduce their lactation, and skillfully addresses perspiration and salivation excess in the menopausal years.

Sage is antiseptic, anti bacterial and microbial, like all plants in the Mint Family (lamiaceae family)and readily treats the mouth and gums  as a gargle, colds and coughs, as well as laryngitis, and acute sinus infections. Sage has an overall gentle, yet, pronounced effect on the digestion with conditions such as dyspepsia. Sage supports folks with weak spleens and unchaste liver malaise. Although Sage is not the first native plant i think of, can be used as a poultice to heal a wound. Sage would be prepared medicinally, drunk as a tea, made as an infusion, poultice, or alcohol tincture.

Sage is delicious and earthy made as a tea, especially for the elderly- to treat both mild anxiety and depression as well as poor digestion. Have you tasted a Sage honey? Available in the Dharani Dispensary. Lady Sage works her magic on the many layers of our mind, body and spirit. Invite her into your garden today and revel in her goodness. Herbal medicine is people's medicine. 

Sage Infusion for Hot Flashes
Place one ounce or 30 gram of dried and crushed sage leaves in a liter jar. Fill to the top with filtered and boiled water. Let this sit on the counter with the lid on, for a minimum of four hours. Decant the herb and store the sage infusion in a mason jar in the fridge. Take 1-2 tablespoon with honey in a little warm water or milk in the evening time for 3 to 6 weeks to reduce hot flashes easily.

Sage Pesto
Prepare your pesto as you might a basil pesto. Use the blooms of the sage plant instead of the basil leaves.  The Sage blossoms, walnut oil and ground flax seeds give the pesto a delicate taste that is creamy and thick to enjoy with just about any of our summer menus where pesto is called for. 

By Andrée Beauchamp 02 Jun, 2017
Sweet Violet, Viola Odorata unearths herself in the early Spring with the Dewdrops, the Forget me Not, and the Johny Jump Up Pansies. The heart-shaped leaves unfurl to brighten the gardens edge and to bring nourishment to our table. The leaves and the blossoms of Sweet Violet contain a rich source of Vitamin C, in the form of abscorbic acid and with approx 264 gm per 100 gm of plant. Do get out your salad bowl and enjoy the sweet violets all around you.

Susan Weed speaks of Violet as a skillful companion to support and alter the function of our nervous system, the immune system and the reproductive organs. Susan shares sweet violet is particularly effective for the breasts and is her favorite ally for fibro-cystic breasts, breast cancer and mastitis.

Due to sweet violets complimentary chemical compounds  with alkaloids, salicylates, flavanoids and saponins can serve well, those with aggressive cancers and especially supportive to the liver, gall bladder, digestive and urinary systems.  According to Susan, medical literature of the early 20th century included at least five studies where Sweet Violet's healing constituents demonstrated potent dis solvent, and anti-cancer properties. Maude Grieves in 1931 said "It is recorded that during the nine weeks that a nurseryman supplied a patient suffering with cancer in the colon was cured at the end of this period-A bed of violets covering six rods of ground was almost entirely stripped of its foliage."

In contemporary times, the flowers of sweet violet are mainly used in the form of cooling agents, in the manufacture of perfumes as well as for cough syrups.

Violet leaves are also a head easer and a respiratory ally, cooling the effects of the head, mind, brain, lungs and nervous system. Aunt Violets cool infusions in the midst of an overheated congestion will come to the rescue when there is blocked grief, traumatic remembering s and feverish fears.

Pour 1 liter of filtered and boiled water over 30 gm of dried blossoms and leaves of dried sweet violet. Let this stand for a minimum of 4 hours and strain to make your infusion. Drink the violet infusion either hot or cool for a deeply beneficial source of nourishment and wisdom to guide you on this journey. OM.
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