Sage is a powerful herb native to the Mediterranean. Revered by the Greeks and Romans and believed to bring wisdom and acuity of mind.
Its botanical Name is Salvia Officinalis.
Sage is also known as common or garden sage.
Sage belongs to the mint family, with other herbs such as oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil and lavender.
Sage has also been called the sister herb to Rosemary due to the similar medical actions they both provide in helping the functions of the mind.
As a culinary herb, it is a great seasoning for poultry and a favourite herb to use with Turkey during Thanksgiving.
As many herbs used in cooking, sage is best when added towards the end of the cooking cycle in order to retain its maximum aromatic flavour.
Sage is great when added to omelettes, pork and in savoury dishes.
Although also known as common Sage, there is nothing common about the health and medical benefits Sage can provide.
Health Benefits of Sage
Did you know that it combines well with beans and other foods that are gas producing?
This is because Sage helps to aid digestion and stimulate the digestive enzymes.
Antiseptic and antibacterial
Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, Sage is effective those diseases of the mouth such as infection of the gums (Gingivitis), mouth ulcers along with helping to soothe sore throats.
This can be achieved by making Sage tea and use it as a gargle.
Sage can help to remove mucous congestion in the airways.
A great way to do this is with a steam inhaler or vaporizer and using a pure essential oil such as Clary Sage.
This works well for sufferers of Sinusitis.
In doing so, it reduces the tension in the muscles that are so important for those suffering Asthma attacks.
A second method is to place some crushed Fresh leaves make some Sage Tea and place this in a bowl.
Then you can place a towel over your head and inhale the vapours.
Take care to avoid any direct steam hitting your face while also ensuring your eyes stay closed whilst your head is covered.
This is there is a preference in using a steam inhaler or vaporiser as you can naturally breathe the vapours as it fills up the room and not have the need to have your face so close to the steam.
Sage can help with intestinal inflammation by relaxing the muscles of the digestive tract.
In turn, this helps to reduce nausea and stomach cramps.
Sage can help to stimulate the brain activity by improving memory and concentration.
Sage is effective in improving memory and concentration.
Although in early stages, research has shown that it can help slow down disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Assist with Menopause
Sage is a strong recommendation from herbal professionals in treating symptoms of menopause.
Taking Sage Tea can be quite effective for night sweats, hot flashes and hormone imbalances some of the issues faced through the various stages of life.
For those suffering strong pain during their periods, Sage Tea can be quite helpful which can soothe stomach pain as well as headaches.
Nutritional Properties of Sage
Sage is rich in Vitamins and minerals in particular vitamins A & K.
As you can see from the chart, Sage is a very rich source of vitamins, minerals whilst having zero Cholesterol and a good amount of Dietary fibre.
Cleansing and Clearing
For hundreds of years, Sage and in particular White Sage has been used for various purposes for cleansing and clearing negative or unwanted energies.
Smudging is where White Sage leaves are bundled together and at times with other herbs to form smudge sticks.
From here the tips of the leaves would be burnt then once the fire has gone allow the smoke to be generally fanned gently either around the person or area that is requiring the cleansing.
The Sage sticks when burnt, release negative ions.
Many Native Americans along with the Shaman’s around the world and those with spiritual interests who know and understand the importance of such benefits still use the cleansing rituals to this day.
You can learn more about Smudging and the use of White Sage here.
Caution of use:
• Sage is generally safe to use however, it can create serious issues if a large amount is consumed.
• It is also advisable to avoid taking sage if you are pregnant. For those who are breastfeeding Sage can slow down or halt the production of milk supply.
• If in doubt, please consult a professional who is qualified to advise the use of Sage or any other herb as each person is different.
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Perhaps you have a personal experience in using Sage do not hesitate to let us all know.
Your experience can greatly benefit another fellow soul along with their journey in life.
Wishing you well in all you do.