Place and time of harvest: Parco della Bosca.
The best time for gathering is the period from April to July, when the leaves are well developed. The harvest is done manually by cutting the apical part of the plant with hedge clippers.
Main morphological characteristics: The common sage is a small evergreen shrub whose stems are up to 1 meter tall and are woody at the bottom, herbaceous at the top. The oval leaves are a gray-green color, have a characteristic smell and touch, they seem to be made of velvet due to their dense covering of short and soft hairs ( tomentose ) .
The flowers are blue- violet and they have the characteristic asymmetrical right of the family Lamiaceae.
Main components: essential oil ( camphor , borneol, cineol , thujone ) , triterpenes , condensed tannins, phenolic acids, flavonoids, ascorbic acid and nicotinic acid, vitamins B1.
Besides that in the kitchen, sage is widely exploited also in cosmetics, especially in products with astringent action and in those that have the purpose of regulating the physiological perspiration in a totally natural way, thanks to its antiperspirant, antiseptic and balsamic action.
In products for oral hygiene it is used to harden the ulcerated gums, to purify, to reduce inflammation and deodorize the oral cavity.
It offers a valuable remedy against water retention, edema and excess fluid, helps with rheumatic pains and headaches and has bleaching action, sanitizing, refreshing and stimulating.
It is also an excellent hypoglycemic.
The name Sage (Salvia in Italian) comes from the Latin “salveo”, which means ” healthy ” by virtue of the many healing properties that were attributed in the past.
In the absence of toothpaste, you can rub the leaves of Sage on the teeth and gums for a quick oral cleaning.
A few leaves of sage and walnut under your feet are in direct contact with the skin, make it possible to limit the excessive sweating of the feet.
Among the Romans, the Sage was considered a sacred herb, to be collected only after a ritual to envisage a dress in a white robe, barefoot, clean without using any iron object.
It is said that during the flight to Egypt the Holy Family has found a hiding place by soldiers sent by Herod just under a bush Sage.
Another legend tells that in France, in Toulouse, during the terrible plague of 1600, four thieves were able to loot homes and stay in the middle of the disease without contracting it. The credit was attributed to a particular vinegar that they smeared on the body: the vinegar was made with sage, rosemary, thyme and lavender, all plants with antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
You can find this officinal plant in the following Edelweiss products:
Draining Lotion for Legs and Feet
Refreshing Natural deodorant
Phytocomplex Oral Hygiene