She is beautifully aromatic and commonly used in cooking, just as the more familiar European sage would be, and as a medicine.
Blue sage is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and antioxidant. As a tea she is commonly used to help ease coughs, colds and flu. As well as to calm digestive upsets.
As a gargle, Blue sage is a wonderful remedy for sore throats. Mix with honey to ease coughs and use in a wash for cuts and grazes.
Blue Sage is a wonderful addition to any biodiversity garden and bees love her. She is best grown in full sun and enjoys well-drained, composted soil. She is a hardy plant that can be pruned every year or alternatively every second year to encourage bushy, non-woody growth. This is best done in late winter, prior to new spring growth.
New plants are easy to propagate from seed and cuttings.
For a tea, add 1 tablespoon of fresh leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes and enjoy.