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Batch CCXCI. Schwarzwald, Thursday October 19, 2017 NO. 47
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True Sage - Salvia Officinalis

A true panacea for Monkeys

Also known as garden sage, kitchen sage or common sage, this evergreen herb with medicinal properties is a subshrub of the genus Salvia and can reach a height of up to 80 centimeters. The strong, aromatic odor is characteristic of all parts of the plant, which are covered in wooly hairs that are especially thick near the crown. It is these hairs that give the plant’s rugose leaves their shimmering gray-green color. In Central Europe, sage blooms from May to July, making it a staple of cottage gardens. It thrives in dry, gritty, calcareous soils, but is sensitive to cold temperatures and requires protection in the winter. As a medicinal plant, sage is used to soothe sore throats and hoarseness, calm inflamed gums, and can also help alleviate excessive sweating. Montgomery Collins – the forefather of Monkey 47 – was known to take slow sips of a sage leaf infusion in those moments of excitement when he tended to perspire (this effect is due to essential oils and tannins). In ancient Egypt, sage, a member of the Labiate family, served as remedy for infertility, while during classical antiquity, it was used to treat digestive issues and tooth pain. The plant’s lamiacean tannins cause the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat to contract, blocking viruses and bacteria and calming inflamed surfaces. If you believe the stories, Collins was so impressed by the everyday uses for this panacea that he just had to include sage in his recipe.

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