Garden of medicinal plants

Photos Credit: Salagon Museum

Translator: Jean-Marc Bulit

Clary sage

A medicinal plant considered a panacea (universal remedy) during the Middle Ages, Salvia (from the Latin salvare: to save) sclarea, clary sage is also called toute-bonne. Hot and dry, according to hippocratic classification, clary sage is stimulating and antispasmodic. It is also good for healing skin cuts.

Platearius said: a sauce made of clary sage, parsley, vinegar and a touch of pepper whets the appetite that has been lost because of cold spirits in the stomach. Clary sage wine originates from the Middle Ages. Clary sage was also used in cookery: Maître Chiquart proposes a recipe he called cold sage and clary sage is one of the ingredients of the green sauce.

Common vervain - Oldcook : medicinal garden with photos of Salagon Museum Rosemary de from Drôme, photo J.Bouchut - Oldcook : medicinal garden Pot marigold from Drôme, photo J.Bouchut - Oldcook : medicinal garden Saint John's wort - Oldcook : medicinal garden with photos of Salagon Museum Common mallow - Oldcook : medicinal garden with photos of Salagon Museum Clary sage - Oldcook : medicinal garden with photos of Salagon Museum

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