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Sage Honey Lozenges
Sage leaves die off during the winter and new leaves will grow in spring
but most of the old leave do actually survive for a couple of weeks in a frozen state under
the snow. The leaves do not fall off in fall. They are still on the plant
under the snow and stay there frozen until the end of the winter. They do however degrade over time and become brown.
This allows you to harvest fresh frozen sage leaves during the cold
winter days in Canada. I don't know if this works as well in
warmer climates. In any case I get good quality leaves from under the snow until
the beginning to mid January. At the end of January and in February they
are still there under the snow but they become dry and brown.
Those leave are great for teas, tincture and cough lozenges. Here is how
I use them to make sage honey lozenges.
Fresh sage leaves, harvested frozen
Harvest the frozen leaves from the plants under the snow, let them defrost in a cold room and then wash
them a bit with water.
To make the lozenges I just cut the leaves in small pieces and
mix them into hot honey and sugar.
- mix 1 part honey with 3 parts of sugar
(e.g 4 spoons of honey and 12 spoons of sugar)
- melt the honey and sugar at low heat in a pan and stir until it becomes
a uniform paste
- add chopped sage leaves and stir
- take tea spoon sized portions of this mixture and
let them dry on a cold oven pan.
Those lozenges are basically sugar and honey with some fresh herbs
inside. You can keep them in the fidge for about a week or two. Fresh herbs
will eventually catch mold and go bad. Don't make too big portions and
just use them while they are fresh.
Our honey sugar lozenges with fresh sage herbs
Those lozenges are great during the winter. Note that concentrated amounts of
sage such as the sage found in those lozenges are not save for pregnant
women. Sage may end the pregnancy with miscarriage or premature labour.
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