Also referred to as sages, Salvias are of many types and originate from various parts of the world. Most salvias are native to North and Central America. However, some come from other parts of the world or have originated from there. In this article, we are going to look at some salvias you probably didn’t know originated from various parts of Asia. Although most of the salvias are manufactured, packaged, and distributed by countries outside Asia, it is important to know that the original herb was discovered in Asia.
1. Salvia Miltiorrhiza
This Chinese salvia species has been hailed for its high potency as far as managing heart conditions is concerned. Also known as Danshen locally, this salvia species was traditionally used by the Chinese to treat a range of medical conditions. Today the herb is subject to several types of research to determine its effectiveness in treating cardiovascular diseases. Nevertheless, Salvia Miltiorrhiza is being used to improve blood circulation in some Asian countries.
The herb works by cooling the blood and the heart, thus reducing carbuncle. Clinical trials have shown that its efficacy in treating the said condition is at 63%. The effect is brought about by a combined action of over 200 chemical elements contained in the extract. Although it is not yet approved as a full treatment, the future of Salvia Miltiorrhiza as a potential remedy to heart disease is quite promising.
2. Woodland Sage
Also known as Salvia nemerosa, this salvia plant is believed to have originated from west-central Asia, although some sources point to Europe. The plant to a maximum height of 24 inches and is tolerant to prolonged sunlight. It has a purplish appearance and blossoms from June to September. Woodland sage has many uses including improving digestion and healing tuberculosis. The extract is also undergoing clinical trials to determine its efficiency in treating heart and liver conditions.
Virtually every part of the plant above the ground is ground and used for medicinal purposes. Most importantly, the plant blooms several times in a season, thus increasing yields. Bee farmers have found the plant very useful due to its ability to attract pollinators with its brightly colored and flowers and leaves.
3. Salvia Indica
This sage has its origin in Western Asia and comes with several health benefits. The plant does well in sunny conditions since it requires little water after flowering. Salvia Indica is used to treat a range of fungal conditions but it was not yet gotten 100% medical approval. Preliminary results have shown the herb’s unmatched potency in managing genital itching and vaginal discharge. Salvia indica also cures fungal infections that affect the skin. It does this by removing toxins and pathogens on the skin which are the cause of fungal infections. Try using the herb if you notice darkening or reddening on the skin.
Salvia indica can be used in various ways to manage fungal infections. For instance, you can mix it with water and apply it to the affected area directly. This method is known to bring faster healing. Alternatively, mix it with your favorite drink and take it, although this method may not give faster results unless it is taken regularly. Avoid rubbing the leaves on the affected area directly because it may cause a reaction on your skin.
4. Salvia Daiguii
Another salvia product from China, Salvia daiguii is native to West Hunan and has many benefits for your body. This little-known herb was recently discovered and is still undergoing research. However, locals in China are using it to cure skin conditions and to prevent digestion issues. Extensive research that is being conducted by organizations such as Cambridge.org point to a promising future.
Unlike many salvia species that are adapted to hot and dry climates, this one does relatively well in cold climates. For this reason, it is planted during the summer and spring. Salvia Daiguii is consumed like many other salvias – as an extract. Most people prefer boiling it in water and drinking it directly. However, it can also be infused with supplements and taken in solid form. It is not yet known whether using it directly on the skin is safe but we recommend drinking it in liquid form.
5. Salvia Japonica
Salvia Japonica has its origins in China and Taiwan. It is one of the few salvias that are exclusively used for flavoring. This is due to its sweet nectar which is sometimes sucked directly from the flowers. Although it is usually considered to be a sage substitute, the herb is used like any other salvia. It is important to note that there are no proven medical uses of the herb. However, like salvia daiguii, no much research has been conducted on this sweet herb. Maybe, in the future, we shall come across medical uses of Salvia Japonica. In the meantime, enjoy a sweet flavor that comes from this Asian herb. The fact that it has sweet nectar makes the plant particularly important to bee farmers.
Alternative medicines, especially plant-based, are quickly gaining recognition in the treatment of various health conditions. Most importantly, these herbs are not known to cause severe side effects on the user. Salvia products are quite versatile and are tolerant to virtually all climatic conditions. Those from the Asian continent, especially, have adapted to a range of climatic conditions from the middle-east to China. So, if you’re looking to cultivate any of the mentioned plants, chances are that you can grow them anywhere on the planet. Salvia products can treat the most dangerous of human health conditions and it doesn’t take much effort to use them. Check out some of the best, most potent salvia products in our shop and may land on an extract that will save your life.
Warning: it is important to note that most of these salvia products have not been fully approved for medicinal purposes. Some of the benefits listed above are based on what users have experienced after using the product. You are advised to consult with your doctor first before using them to treat a medical condition.