Spanish Name: Salvia
Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis, Salvia lavanduloides.
Other Name: Salvia Real, Salvia de Bolita, Yerba de Santa Maria, Alhucema de la Costa, Te de Mar, Chia, Meforana, Mirto
Origin: Mediterranean basin
Properties: Digestive, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, tonic.
Preparation: Leaf, stem. Tea/ Infusion.
Indications: Stomach ache, sore throat, sore gums, insomnia, nerves, diabetes.
Side Effects: Not to be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Comments: Sage's popularity peaked during Middle Ages. Sage elixirs were bottled and sold throughout Europe. There was a Latin proverb "why should a man die while sage grows in his garden?" The physicians used poultice of the pounded leaves for infected wounds, boiled it to wash itching skin conditions and prescribed sage tea for cold. Mexican Americans today use these same remedies. Salvia comes from Latin word salvus, meaning health, to heal. Sage tea is still popular in Greece.
Salvia Properties Used by Aztec's
Diminishes the production of sweat, saliva, urine and mucus
Used with success in Bronchitis and Tuberculosis cases
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Aztec Method of Use
Drink 1 cup 3 times a day, before meals, of the brew made from
10 grams of Salvia to 1 Liter of water or better yet, take 3 to 5 grams
of tincture, diluted with a little water, 3 times a day.
This tincture is prepared with 100 grams of Salvia to 1 Liter of Alcohol;
let macerate for 2 days then filter or strain.
To diminish cough and the secretion of mucus:
Take 3 to 5 teaspoons a day of the above mentioned tincture