Nov 122011


You may have seen food TV shows extolling the virtues and the exquisite aroma of the sage herb, whether ground, whole, chopped or rubbed, and that’s all true.

But, while it is mostly used in cuisine, sage is also said to have medicinal qualities as well.

Health Benefits of Sage

Sage is a plant that has been used for thousands of years, and is considered to be a very effective herb.

Most notably because it helps to reduce perspiration, sage has been instrumental in helping those who suffer from excessive sweating and hot flashes.

It has been used to aid in swelling, sprains, ulcers and bleeding. Utilized in tea, sage helps with sore throats and coughs, and the herb has been promoted by herbalists in the treatment of rheumatism, menstrual bleeding, improving the nervous system, and honing one’s senses.

Medicinally, sage treats inflammation of the mouth and gums. Studies also reveal that an ingredient in sage oil may act as antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral treatments.
Known to have compounds which help kill bacteria, sage can function in the treatment of gingivitis, canker sores, bleeding gums, tonsillitis and laryngitis.

Sage Tea Recipe

Recommendations to soothe sore throats and laryngitis include gargling with sage by boiling it in water, then straining after ten minutes, and letting it become tepid.

Sage tea can also be used as a mouthwash. To make sage tea, use one to two teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of boiling water, steep for ten minutes, then strain.

Sage also increases brain function. A combination of sage, rosemary and ginkgo biloba may also prevent or slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sage has long been used to treat gastrointestinal disorders. It relaxes muscle spasms in the digestive tract, and has been used in the treatment of indigestion. It also reduces blood sugar levels in individuals who have diabetes.

Growing Sage

Although sage is available in liquid form, you can easily grow it in your herbal garden. Because it is a perennial, you will have the luxury of using this plant’s medicinal properties year after year.

Very few side effects have been reported from the consumption of sage leaves, however, sage should be used in medicinal amounts only after consulting with your doctor.

Let your doctor know if you experience any unpleasant effects or if the symptoms for which the herb is being used do not improve significantly in two weeks.

For culinary benefits, use sage to stuff chicken and turkey. Sage also pairs well with cheese. Freshly chopped sage complements potato dishes as well as split-pea and bean soups, and should be added near the end of cooking so as not to give too strong a taste.

Once you know how to use Sage, in addition to it’s health benefits, you’ll also enjoy using it for flavoring meats like lamb, pork and sausage, and also in pickles, salads, stuffing, and almost any other vegetable.

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