Maramia (Sage) is a healthy, naturally grown herb originating from the Mediterranean that is used for cooking, medicine, and smudging. The epithet officinales, of its scientific name Salvia officinales, refers to its healing properties and medicinal uses, as the officina was the storeroom in monasteries during the Medieval Era where medicines and herbs were stored. Maramia has been used since before ancient times for a variety of things from snakebites to increasing fertility and warding off evil. The plant had a high reputation during the Middle Ages for its healing properties and value and it was often called Salvia salvatrix or Sage the Savior. Charmelange recommended the plant for cultivation and during the Carolingian empire it was grown in monastery gardens. It was also one of the ingredients in the Four Thieves Vinegar, a blend of herbs that was supposed to ward off the Black Plague. Dioscorides, Pliny the Elder, and Galenus all recommended Maramia as a diuretic, local anesthetic, styptic, hemostatic, emmenagogue, and tonic.
New research suggests that sage may restore mental function and improve memory. The herb acts on the cortex of the brain thereby eliminating mental exhaustion and improving concentration.
Maramia Tea Benefits: Maramia tea is beneficial in coping with stress. It is a stringent, sedative and expells gas; it clears the respiratory tract, makes a good gargle for sore throats and helps overcome colds. Maramia is useful for night sweats as it reduces sweating. It also reduces milk flow in nursing mothers prior to weaning, prevents the formation of kidney stones by dissolving residues of uric acid, and regularizes menstruation.
Here are the Nutrition Facts for 1 tbsp of Maramia, the typical amount for brewing tea:
The Palestinian Method of Preparing Maramia Tea:
1. Bring a kettle of water to a boil.
2. Infuse water with Maramia leaves by simply dropping them in and letting it seep for about 5 mins.
3. Sweeten as desired*, pour a glass for you and a friend and enjoy!
*Try using honey for a healthier alternative.
The Native American Tradition of Smudging
A Native American tradition, smudging is a common practice for ceremonies, therapy, and incense. "Smudge Sticks" are essentially bundles of sage and/or other aromatic vegetation that is burnt to produce an pleasingly odorous smoke trail often used for purification rituals in the traditional context. In the modern age smudging has been taken up by many belief systems and meditation techniques in order to enhance/cleanse one's spirit, mind, and body.
Since we grow our own Maramia (sage) herbs, we accept requests for selecting bundles. Many people believe the method to picking the leaves is as important as the actual smudging and so may prefer leaves to be picked at a certain time of day, month, moon phase, or anything that may be important to them.