Savory Sage

Just the thought of Sage (Salvia Officinalis) makes me start thinking about fall, and the scrumptious cooking that we do for Thanksgiving and all of the Holidays.  But Sage isn’t only used for that delicious stuffing you’ll be making.   

Grown as a hardy perennial in zones 5-8, Sage will be an annual for everyone else.  It likes a sunny spot, with well drained soil, and does very well in pots.  As a good sized, bushy plant, Sage can be harvested as you need it.  It will produce pink or purple flowers in late spring that can be dried, along with the harvested leaves, to keep on the stems for dried arrangements.  

As a medicinal herb, Sage has one of the longest histories of use.  The most common use today is for coughs, hoarseness and mouth ailments.  The leaves can be steeped as a tea to create a soothing, healing throat tonic. 

No matter how you choose to use your Sage, you will no doubt reap great reward from this Savory Herb!

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