When you think of Sage, you generally think of the spice that goes into Thanksgiving stuffing. I’m here to tell you that Sage is so much more than that!
Sage is a medicinal herb that has a rich and vibrant history, and it dates all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians. From there, it spread across Europe and finally made it to America between 1840-1900. It is a part of the mint family and usually has a mild flavor, and it has been used to treat a variety of ailments throughout the century, and it has some pretty amazing benefits.
Sage is great for curing sore throats when used as a tea or a gargle. It contains volatile oils that soothe the mucous membranes, which also makes it great for asthma, digestive problems, canker sores, and other issues with the mouth and digestive system.
Sage can also be an effective antibacterial and antifungal, and some studies suggest that it can even combat E-Coli. Sage also has plenty of antioxidants, which is great for liver health because it’s been said to prevent the depletion of glutathione, which is an important liver antioxidant.
Some other incredible benefits of sage include its ability to increase memory and brain function, which could prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. It can also be used to combat the effects of menopause, helping relieve hot flashes and balance hormones.
Sage has so many more benefits than this, but I simply don’t have room to talk about them all. Its benefits are mostly derived from it’s volatile oils, which is just a fancy way of saying essential oils. Sage leave and essential oils can be found at any health food store or online, so this wonderful herb is readily available to anyone who wants it. It’s also fairly easy to grow.
A simple recipe for Sage tea is to take about 8-10 leaves, place them in a mason jar and pour boiling water over them. Put the lid on the mason jar to trap in the steam and let it steep for about 10-15 minutes. The tea can then be drunk normally, gargled, or cooled and used as an antiseptic wash.
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The photos came from Studio Botanica and Tea Majesty.
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