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How to Grow Sage

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Sage, known for its woolly oblong leaves and musky smell, is one of the easiest herbs to grown in containers, flower beds or your garden
  • You can start sage from seeds, root cuttings or transplants and it will thrive with plenty of sunshine, good drainage and air circulation
  • While culinary sage is known to pair well with meats, particularly poultry, many ornamental varieties of sage also exist, allowing you to create colorful borders and edging in your garden or yard
  • Beyond its culinary uses, sage has medicinal value to aid digestion, boost cognitive function, manage diabetes and treat inflammation, among others
  • Sage essential oil and its cousin clary sage essential oil are useful in aromatherapy, baths and massage

Known for its woolly oblong leaves and musky smell, sage (Salvia officinalis) is one of the easiest herbs to grow. While its ornamental varieties are also popular, sage is best known in its culinary form as a complement to poultry and other meat dishes. In the U.S., a mention of sage is likely to evoke memories of Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, two dishes in which sage often features prominently.

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