Cosmetics and health

Sage syrup

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I read every now and then that we should live more in the present. Be less nostalgic about the past and less preoccupied for the future, to simply live here and now. There’s something about it but let me tell you – when my family’s coughing and blowing their noses in winter, they’ll be glad I was thinking about the future in mid July and collecting sage leaves.

Now is the right time to collect the leaves of this aromatic plant and make provisions for the winter. The sage syrup is a great natural remedy for cold, but don’t drink it like water. The dose is about 1 tablespoon a day and as for pregnant women and small children, better ask your doctor.

You’ll need:
– sage leaves (common sage, not salvia divinorum)
– water
– sugar
– lemon
– bowl
– glass jar for the syrup
– sieve
– saucepan

Place the leaves in a bowl and pour hot water over them. The more leaves and the less water the more potent the syrup. Add pieces of lemon to taste. Cover the bowl and let it rest for 24 hours.

Strain the water through the sieve and pour the water in the saucepan. Add sugar (1 kg of sugar for 1 liter of water). Heat it over low heat, try not to boil it and the syrup should thicken. Wash the jar with hot water and pour the syrup into it. Store it in a dark and cold place.

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