Sage has been used in ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Greek medicine. Native American use it in rituals when dried sage is burning they suggest it promotes healing, wisdom, protection, and longevity. Sage is a silvery-green shrub with extremely fragrant leaves and is in the mint family.
Sage comes fresh, ground and rubbed. Fresh is the most fragrant and flavorful. Ground sage is the most commonly used and needs to be kept in a jar with a lid in a cool, dark place. Rubbed Sage comes off very easily in a light, fluffy powder.
Eating raw Sage is definitely not suggested as it is very unpleasant. Cooking them is highly recommended as they have a harsh flavor. By cooking them you calm those harsh flavors.
Sage also comes in other forms for digestive and circulation problems, bronchitis, cough, asthma, angina, mouth and throat inflammations, depression, excessive sweating, skin diseases, and many other diseases. Sage leaves and extracts come in liquids, tablets, throat sprays, capsules, and lozenges
8 Sage Health Benefits proven by clinical studies:
- Cognitive – Studies have shown that sage is a brain booster. From increasing memory retention, recall ability and increased concentration. New research suggests that the essential oil from sage is great for opening neurological pathways for people suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Inflammation – Sage extract, tincture, and essential oil are all ways of helping with inflammation (because of the flavonoids and phenolic compounds) in health issues such as gout, arthritis, the cardiovascular system which can result in increased blood pressure and heart disease.
- Immune System – By applying sage topically (regularly) using salve or tincture gives an extra defense to prevent bacterial and viral infections with its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
- Skin – Regularly using a sage tincture, this has been shown to be effective in skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. By regularly applying salves and extracts to help soothe the blemishes.
- Diabetes – Sage regulates and inhibits stored glucose in the liver by preventing blood sugar fluctuations.
- Bone – Vitamin K is important for bones. Sage has a great level of Vitamin K in it which is beneficial for people worried about early signs of osteoporosis.
- Digestion – By adding Sage to your meals regularly, the rosemaric acid which acts as an anti-inflammatory being beneficial for people suffering from health issues that cause them to be prone to diarrhea and gastritis and get your digestion system less inflamed and back on track.
- Throat infections – Sage has been great in helping with pain in sore throats, infected gums, and mouth ulcers.