Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Three Lobed Sage
Common name:

Three Lobed Sage

Synonym name:

Common sage, Dominica sage, Greek sage

Hebrew name:

מרווה משולשת

Scientific name:

Salvia fruticosa

Family:

Labiatae or Lamiaceae

Arabic name:

מירמיה/ג'עסס/קוסעין حكيم

Shape:
perennial plant
Dimensions:
0.80-1 m
Flowering color:
#e98bd9
Flowering period:
3-6
Harvesting:
1-12
Growing areas:
Usually appears near or within Mediterranean woody areas, in places were sun rays enter.
Desription:
Three lobed sage or salvia is a small shrub with long branches. The Color of the winter leaves is bright green. The reason it called Three lobed sage is because most of the leaves have two small leaflets that grows from the base of the leaf, and it seems as if it has three leaves. The summer leaves color is whitish, and they are smaller and usually lack the leaflets that appear in the winter.  Three lobed Sage, like most plants of the Lamiaceae family, produce strong essential oil. The flowers, like all the flowers of the lamiaceae family have petals fused into an upper lip and a lower lip, their color is pinkish-violet. 
In the spring the 'three lobed sage' is considered one of the honey plants that bees and insects prefer to visit. The bee that com to suck the flower nectar sits on the lower petal and presses a kind of crane lever that brings down the pollen on her back. With the departure of the bee from the flower, the lever returns to its previous state. When the bee arrives to another flower, it transfers the pollen that on her back to the stigma of the flower, by that the bees helps the process of flowers fertilization and enjoying the flower nectar. 
The three lobed Sage is practically good for  all the illnesses of the body : a tea  brew of  it, is soothing colic and prevents them, relieves the pain of stomach ulcer, cures colds, calming pains in the heart , releasing gases and lowers blood pressure , relieves hands tremors, chest pain , and relieves headaches and strong coughing.
The famos ancient doctor 'assaf  harofe' frequently praise and tell that the salvia : "smells good  and Benefit all pain and all illnesses of the body". 
The Arabs call the three lobed sage ' maramiya. This name stem from a story about Jesus mother mariya. It tells that she gave the plant his special qualities.
And if you has the opportunity to visit in an Arab village you will not forget the special flavor, of the tea that prepared from the three lobed sage. 
The Romans had a sacred ritual of picking the salvia plant. In the middle Ages they believed that the salvia plant can cure almost every disease and every pain. A famous saying from the School of Medicine in Salerno (Italy ), said : "how does a man will die if he has salvia in his garden " and the answer was : "Because the salvia itself can not die."
 
1. The simplest way is to brew 5 - 6 fresh or dried leaves of three lobed sage in a tea glass. This tea is useful for treating colds and nasal congestion, Cough, abdominal pain, flatulence, eating disorders, can lower blood pressure and even more. For Throat infections it is recommended to gurgle the tea brew after it becomes cooler.
2.  Another treatment is to dip two handfuls of fresh or dried leaves in a liter of red sweet wine - about a week. Filter it and drink a small cup of this tincture every day at winter time. The tincture immunizing winter diseases and helps to cure colds and flu. 
3. Third treatment is to do an inhalation of salvia leave. Dip three handfuls of fresh leaves into a pot and pour a liter of boiling water on them, sit next to the pot , cover your head with a towel and lean above the put, breathe in the steam that rising from the pot into the airways.  This treatment is good for nasal congestion and relieves sinusitis.
 
The famos ancient doctor 'assaf  harofe' frequently praise and tell that the salvia : "smells good  and Benefit all pain and all illnesses of the body". 
The Arabs call the three lobed sage ' maramiya. This name stem from a story about Jesus mother mariya. It tells that she gave the plant his special qualities.
And if you has the opportunity to visit in an Arab village you will not forget the special flavor, of the tea that prepared from the three lobed sage. 
The Romans had a sacred ritual of picking the salvia plant. In the middle Ages they believed that the salvia plant can cure almost every disease and every pain. A famous saying from the School of Medicine in Salerno (Italy ), said : "how does a man will die if he has salvia in his garden " and the answer was : "Because the salvia itself can not die."