Sage

8 Impressive Health Benefits of Sage

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Diabetes – Sage regulates and inhibits stored glucose in the liver by preventing blood sugar fluctuations.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Throat infections – Sage has been great in helping with pain in sore throats, infected gums, and mouth ulcers.

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/09/030901091846.htm

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00110552

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=flavonoids+and+polyphenolic+compound&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjqpJGL3qzUAhUL1oMKHUCgAdAQgQMIJjAA

http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2158004

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2225411017300056

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf305472t

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3834722/

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf0715323

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/metformin-like-effect-of-salvia-officinalis-common-sage-is-it-useful-in-diabetes-prevention/C7824C92561AAFC22055AB4C0CCDE49D

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814605009076

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Impressive Benefits of Rosemary(2 min read)

matt-montgomery-3790 (2)Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a fragrant perennial evergreen herb with needle-like leaves with white, pink, blue or purple flowers native to the Mediterranean. The name rosemary derives from the Latin ros meaning “dew” and marinus meaning “sea”, “sea dew.” Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender.  Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6.

Rosemary has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes along with used in recipes for cooking.

For your hair, rubbing rosemary herb extractions over the scalp to stimulate the hair-bulbs, prevent premature baldness and dandruff.

Rosemary has been tested in clinical studies on the list below and has shown positive feedback from them.

Health Benefits of Rosemary

  • Improve mood
  • Relieve pain
  • Protect the immune system
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Detoxify the body
  • Bacterial infections
  • Premature aging
  • Skin conditions
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Memory and concentration
  • Digestion
  • Neurological
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Macular degeneration
  • Hair

Caution:  The essential oil of rosemary is not to be consumed. You can consume rosemary as we have for thousands of years in culinary aspects, but again, not as an essential oil. Don’t forget rosemary is in the mint family, so if you are allergic, be careful.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3624774/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736918/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20377818

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905473/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4227022/

http://www.amd.org/macular-degeneration-research/clinical-trials-for-wet-amd/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5133115/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23921795

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25002023

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3569896/