Mother Sage Tincture – Tips for my garden


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Sage is a well-known aromatic herb widely used in cooking. Its botanical name is Salvia officinalis; Its plant is characterized by its characteristic leaves, olive green in color and giving off an easily recognizable fragrance. The leaves also have the particularity of being velvety to the touch; the flowers are usually purple in color, although there are also varieties of Salvia officinalis that produce white or red flowers. Salvia officinalis, which belongs to the Lamiaceae family, is present in nature throughout the Mediterranean basin and grows spontaneously everywhere, including in Italy. It looks like an evergreen shrub, usually no more than fifty centimeters tall, and can also be easily grown in pots or in the home garden.

How to grow Salvia officinalis

Sage is very useful in the kitchen, as its leaves are used to season many dishes; but it can also be used for medicinal purposes, for example to make sage mother tincture. It can therefore be very useful to have a plant on your balcony or in the garden. The cultivation of salvia is not difficult: you can buy the plant in a nursery, but it is also often found on the market in supermarkets. If you want to store it in a vase, you must be careful to place it in a place where it is warm and receives a lot of light and sun. If you put it in the ground, you must choose a calcareous and sandy substrate, therefore well drained. Salvia should be watered sparingly as it fears water stagnation, but the soil should never remain completely dry. If it’s like that,

Sage mother tincture and its properties.

Once you have a sage plant to collect the fresh leaves from, these can be used in cooking; or, if desired, make mother sage tincture. It is no coincidence that sage is called botanica officinalis: indeed, its therapeutic virtues have been known since Antiquity. The name sage also alludes to it: it comes from the Latin salus, which means health, salvation. For the Romans, it was a sort of panacea for all ills. Today, some of its beneficial effects on health are known with certainty. Sage is antiseptic, digestive and soothing. The mother tincture, diluted in water, can be used to disinfect the oral cavity and soothe inflammation of the gums. Sage is useful in case of heavy periods or vice versa in case of amenorrhea; also helps if you have a cough or sore throat,

Sage mother tincture can be purchased from any herbalist, but, having the plant in the garden, you can also think about making it at home, although the procedure is not very simple. The mother tincture, which can be extracted from any plant with phytotherapeutic characteristics, is nothing but an alcoholic macerate. Sage tincture can be made by soaking dried leaves in ethyl alcohol, in a ratio of one to ten, diluted with water. The hard part is measuring out the ingredients to get the right alcohol content. Everything should be placed in a tightly closed glass jar, which should be stored in a dark place for 21 days. From time to time you have to shake it; at the end, you need to strain the liquid well and place it in dark glass bottles. Ultimately,

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