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Sage-Leaf (salvia officinalis)

All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. ENGLISH COMMON NAME:Standard: Sage Leaf Also known as; sage, common sage, garden sage LATIN NAME:salvia officinalis Plant Family: Lamiaceae PART(S) USED:Dried leaf. OVERVIEW:Common sage is a low-growing evergreen shrub in the mint family that can be found worldwide. It has always been a preferred kitchen seasoning and was historically used in traditional European herbalism for its healthful properties. The herb's Latin name salvia, is derived from the Latin word to heal. Sage leaves can be infused as tea, macerated as an extract, and used as a culinary spice. For centuries, this shrub has been popular in nearly every European cuisine and is used frequently to flavour various proteins, soups, puddings, cheeses and vegetables. Its unmistakable peppery flavor makes it popular for use in stuffing and other hardier dishes. PREPARATIONS:Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years. Can be used as a spice to flavor food, or as a tea. Place dried leaves in 150 ml water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: If consumption exceeds the use as a spice, then not for use in pregnancy or breastfeeding, except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner, because of its emmenagogue and abortifacient effect. Do not use during lactation due to the possibility of reduced milk flow. Do not use in high doses or for long term because of the mutagen thujone We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Reference Health Canada:http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredReq.do?id=4146&lang=eng