Sage: Salvia Officianalis

Sage: Salvia Officianalis
aka: Sage, Garden Sage, Broad leaf Sage

From the Apothecary in your kitchen department, I bring you Sage.

Sage, a common kitchen spice with some remarkable medicinal qualities. Sage or Salvia has been around for literally thousands of years. It’s been used by the earliest physicians since before the times of the Egyptian Empire as a heal all. Sage is a familiar evergreen shrub that grows to 12 to 14 inches high on thin wiry stems. Centuries ago it was indigenous to the North shores of the Mediterranean, but now widely cultivated worldwide. Historically, it’s a culinary condiment mostly used in meat dishes. Sage was noted thousands of years ago to be an effective meat preservative, especially with fowl/ chicken, meat stuffing, wine, soups and cheese.

Sage in itself is both, a Stimulant and a Calminitve, an Anti-oxidant, antiseptic and a digestive aid. It has historical use in history as a spring stimulant tonic, as an old peasants proverb professed, “Eating the leaves of Sage preserveth good health”.

A favorite beverage tea of European peasants was a tea called “Toute’ Bonne”, which means “All is Well” It is an infusion of Sage, Speedwell and Wood Betony.

Sage has been used throughout history as a tea to treat Dyspepsia/ gastro-intestinal upset including gas and bloating. Sage tea was used as a remedy in cases of mental exhaustion and according to the Romans to even stimulate memory. Sage has also been proven useful in topical foments to reducing swelling and to reduce fevers. Because of its anti-septic and hemostatic qualities, Sage is still being used as an effective mouthwash. It can be very helpful in controlling bleeding gums. It is still used today as an ingredient in some toothpastes. Sage has an extensive history in treating sore throats when cough is present. It has been used for that purpose since the times of the Egyptians. More recently, Sage was once used in the US to treat Typhus and Typhoid fever. Sage is still listed in the United States Pharmacopia, (U.S.P.) as a Medicine.

As an herbalist, I’ve made Herbal smokers blends using Sage along with Mullein leaf, Cat’s Claw, Plantain and Kudzu as an herbal substitute for Tobacco for people who have been trying to quit smoking, but still need that little extra help.

* Culpeper states, “To use Sage as a drink (tea) inwardly and to use the herb outwardly is a sure remedy for the Palsy”. He notes that to use Sage in a poultice would reduce the swelling of Lymph Nodes to stimulate and flush lymphatic waste .

I make an effective cough suppressant remedy using Sage. It consists of:

½ oz Sage (Salvia Officianalis)

½ oz of Thyme, (Thymus Vulgaris)

16oz of cold water

Place the herbs in the cold water in a heavy pan. Slowly heat to a low rolling boil for 20 – 30 min. Strain through a sieve or Cheese cloth.

Add 3-4 TBS of Raw Honey while still hot to dissolve the honey.  Refrigerate and use as a cough suppressant as needed. This will keep in the fridge for approx. 4-5 days. If you’d like to preserve it longer, add 1 oz of your favorite Brandy. Mine is Ginger Brandy. (But any distilled alcohol will suffice).

Sage is one good reason to re-evaluate the spices and herbs in your own kitchen. I will bring you more of the “Apothecary in your kitchen” series in my later posts.
The TinMan

* Nicholas Culpeper (1616 – 1654) Famed English Botanist, Herbalist, Physician, and Astrologer. (The English Physician 1652)


The Use of Iodine for Thyroid Protection

……….during a high radiation fallout event

Right after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last month it became apparent that the threat of global radiation fallout could become imminent, even here in America. Cesium 131 from the damaged reactor is present in the atmosphere and it has been drifting westward.  Higher than normal radiation levels have been evident in rain fall, even on the East Coast of the US.  Cesium 131 is now being found in the grass and lawns in the US. The grass is then eaten by cows, goats, etc and is now entering the food chain. Radioactive milk is present today in Vermont .  It has also been found in 5/6 foods in Northern California, including strawberries, mushrooms and spinach.

During a radioactive fallout event, protection of the thyroid is imperative. The thyroid absorbs radiation readily and affects the function of the thyroid gland. Iodine protects the thyroid. Potassium Iodine is just the thing needed to protect the thyroid. Many have figured out they had to have it to prevent thyroid dysfunction.  Potassium Iodide (K.I.) tablets are selling off the shelves and have quickly become NOT available. I have seen K.I. available on E-bay at 1000 times the original cost.  I sent out a brief note to my readers not to be too concerned about having available nascent Iodine for internal consumption. I also mentioned that tinctured iodine, Provadone Iodine, or even Betadine Iodine would work if used transdermally. Tinctured Iodine must NOT be taken internally. It is toxic and cannot be converted systemically to meet the thyroid’s needs. However, Tinctured Iodine can be absorbed transdermally through the tissues. In fact, Iodine is readily absorbed through the skin. The body knows how much Iodine it needs and will accept only what it needs.

I occasionally use an iodine test to determine if my thyroid is needful of more iodine by painting an Iodine patch on the inside of my elbow. Then I time the absorption. If most of the iodine is absorbed into the skin within 30 -40 minutes. I know I’m deficient. If the iodine is still apparent after an hour I know the thyroid is okay and does not need any additional.

If a high radiation event is taking place, the time to protect the thyroid is immediate. Do not wait until after the event has occurred. The thyroid will suffer radiation effects very quickly.

If you suspect high levels of radiation are present, paint a 2 X 4 inch patch of Iodine on the inside of your elbow and time the absorption response. Monitor the radiation levels in your area by having a “Dosimeter,” Geiger counter (yes, they are available for civilian use), or listen to the news or internet alerts.  Continue to apply a patch of Iodine daily. You may opt to use an alternative site when applying a daily transdermal dose. The opposite elbow is available. You can also use the soles of your feet, the area behind each knee and of course right across the front of your belly is an option.

Also note that the US Gov’t, through the FDA and the DEA have made the acquisition of 10% Iodine very difficult.  About 4 years ago the US Gov’t, through the DEA/FDA vey quietly banned the purchase of 10% iodine.  Retail outlets were allowed to sell their existing stocks. It is still available at some retail outlets but I have noticed the cost has gone up at least three fold. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

Black Walnuts


Iodine is present in other biologic forms but requires extraction. Black Walnut hulls have high amounts of Iodine, as well as Irish Moss.

Brown Kelp and Bladderwrack seaweed from the ocean are also sources of Iodine.

Bladderwrack floating along the shore







The idodine can be extracted from these through the tincturing process using alcohol/ vodka/ brandy or even ACV as a solvent. The tincture can be used on the skin as you would the topical Iodine/ Betadine/ Povodone solutions.

If you have any questions, write to me at: or leave a comment below.

The TinMan

There are others urging this method as a viable option during a dangerous radioactive event. For more info refer to Donna Rae’s excellent article in “Natural News”