I believe herbal medicine should be accessible and easy. You shouldn't have to spend $30 for a tiny bag of the rare, exotic superfood or berry from halfway around the world.
That's why I love this recipe. The primary ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!
Sage is a humble herb that only gets used at Thanksgiving! It's more than just a culinary flavoring (though it does help digestion so maybe thats why it gets used at this big holiday meal!). It can also help rebuilding vitality and strength during and after long-term illness and is an excellent stress reducer.
Sage is also a mild hormone stimulant and can help with menstrual irregularities including hot flashes and night sweats.
Sage has a drying and warming quality so its great for any type of excess secretion's (leukorrhea, premature ejaculations, runny nose, excess sweating, even to dry up a weening mothers breastmilk).
Have a sore throat? Sage to the rescue! It has antiseptic qualities to combat the germs that can make you sick. It is also great for helping inflammation in the mouth, sore gums or canker sores, throat and tonsils.
Here’s a recipe (based on Rosemary Gladstar) you can make soothe the irritation of a sore throat, reduce inflammation and bring blood flow to the area. Blood is the carrier of white blood cells (your immune cells), nutrients and oxygen as well remover of waste products.
Sage Sore Throat Gargle
2 tbsp dried sage leaves
pinch of cayenne powder
1-2 tbsp salt
1 tsp goldenseal powder (if you have it)
1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over sage leaves. Steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain, stir and add the other ingredients. Gargle every 30-60 min. The longer you can gargle the better, letting the liquid be in contact with the affected tissue. Make sure you spit out the gargle when you are done.