“If one consults enough herbals…every sickness known to humanity will be listed as being cured by sage”- Varro Taylor, Ph.D. (herb expert)
Sage is a perennial with gray-green, pebble like, textured leaves in a long, oval shape. It has an attractive, compact spreading growth habit. Generally grown in full sun in a well-drained sandy, alkaline soil but I find best results in a greenhouse. Plants can reach a height of 2 feet with a spread of 18 inches.
We had plenty of Sage growing and spreading steadily and me and many of my friends enjoyed its varied benefits. But a couple of years back it suddenly withered away. We could not do much to save it. Now happily after a long gap our sage plants have started reviving as seen in the picture.
Sage Tea uplifts your spirits
Herbal teas are good for your health. It is not much different to making ordinary tea! Just put some fresh herb leaves in a pot, pour boiling water over them, leave to brew, and then enjoy! More specific way is by simply pouring 1 cup of boiling water on to 3 or 4 sage leaves. The result is a pleasant drink, cooling in fevers, and also a cleanser and purifier of the blood.
When you feel a little down or exhausted after a days’ work Sage tea with honey is ideal to lift the spirits. The flavors of sage and lemon blend nicely. You may squeeze a little fresh lemon juice and add a teaspoon of honey too. It helps and acts as a tonic, restorative and digestive.
Sage may help in meditation and concentration
Some people who meditate in the OSHO Ashram Pune. I always met their request for dried sage. When the dry sage leaves are lit it releases fragrant smoke and helps them to meditate deeply. Perhaps it is the fragrance that brings about relief from stresses both mental and physical stress and so the meditation improves.
Sage is good for health
As given in WebMD Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea and heartburn. Sage is applied directly to the skin for cold sores; gum disease (gingivitis); sore mouth, throat or tongue; and swollen, painful nasal passages. In manufacturing, sage is used as a fragrance component in soaps and cosmetics.
Fresh leaves can be rubbed on the teeth for making them stronger. Good for the gums – simply massage on gums.
Dipping a cloth into hot sage tea creates a compress which can be applied to the forehead to soothe a tension headache. Studies have shown that the sage tea boosts memory and is being researched to potentially aid in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Sage is also an important antioxidant agent.
Caution:It is advised not to take Sage as a medicine when pregnant or breast feeding.
Fresh sage is a most wanted item in Italian cuisines. Use fresh sage as needed. It is a good addition to salads and mashed potatoes. Adding sage leaves to sandwiches makes it flavorful and also gives digestive benefits. It gives a delightful flavor and used for chicken and fish. These are just a few ways of Sage for culinary purposes.
An old proverb runs, “How can a man die when there is sage in his garden?”