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Sage: The Magnificent Herb of Clarity

Sage: The Magnificent Herb of Clarity

Sage (Salvia officinalis) is easily distinguished from other plants by its coating of short, silver-gray hairs on the leaves which produce a distinct camphor-like odor. Sage leaves have a sharp, warm and slightly bitter taste, which is a property of its volatile oil. New leaves are distinguishable from older leaves by their powdery purple color. Mature leaves will turn to an attractive powdery green color. Also, for centuries, sage was used for a variety of culinary needs, particularly in Italian and Mediterranean cooking and for medical purposes. Sage was introduced to Americans in the 1800′s, but it was declined for medical purposes, however its culinary use was increased.

Growing Sage:
One rule of thumb to remember when growing sage or any herbs for that matter, is that fresh herbs have the most powerful flavor when harvested before reaching the flowering stage. Sage is a woody, hardy perennial plant with oblong, woolly gray-green leaves that are lighter underneath and darker on top. Sage grows 2 to 3 feet in height and has a tendency to sprawl.
Sow directly in the garden 1/8 inch deep, in late spring. Thin to 2 feet apart when seedlings are 4 inches tall. Prefers well-drained soil in full sun. Keep the soil moist when the seedlings are young.

Healing powers
The most well-known conditions that sage is useful for healing are
•cough
•laryngitis
•tonsillitis
•throat conditions
•respiratory infections
•congestion
Sage has drying qualities and therefore helps with reducing mucus–with this ability to dry also has a beneficial effect on conditions such as
•fever
•night sweats,
•upset stomach
•urinary problems
•As well as helping reduce excessive sweating and excessive salivation associated with conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease.
There’s also compelling evidence that sage may provide benefits for some people with diabetes by its ability to boost insulin’s action. Herbalists have also used this herb for rheumatism, menstrual bleeding, and memory improvements.
It also relieves
•gas (flatulence)
•stomach pain (gastritis)
•diarrhea
•bloating
•heartburn
•depression

Sage is very beneficial to the digestive system, and acts as an appetite stimulant so it can be very useful for encouraging the intake of food illness. Due to the way sage stimulates the digestive tract and processes, indigestion is limited and it is also said to have a beneficial effect on the liver, helping it to cleanse the system of toxins more efficiently. Internally sage is incredibly effective, not only in the ways just mentioned but it also helps cleanse the blood thus having a beneficial effect on the whole body and all the organs.

Healthy Benefits of Sage

Naturally antiseptic
Sage can be used to treat injuries, a wash of infused sage leaves makes an effective cleanser for dirty wounds and its pain relieving properties help reduce the sting of a cut, some spider bites and insect stings.
The leaves of sage (especially purple ‘young leaves’ sage) applied to an aching tooth will often relieve the pain, and it is excellent as a tooth cleaner-just rub the top side of a leaf over the tooth to remove stains and strengthen the teeth and gums, as an added bonus it freshens the mouth and breath at the same time.

Sage is such a powerful herb that scientists have found anti-aging compounds in sage, and it is now known to have the power to improve memory. Cosmetically, sage has been used as a skin beautifying treatment for hundreds of years -it was used to darken the hair by applying it to the scalp and washes of a sage infusion are used to clear the skin of oil and residues.

My thoughts…
Like any other food or drink that we consume on daily bases I wouldn’t recommend for you to drink Sage tea in large amounts. One cup (6-8oz) after a meal for example is enough to enjoy the healthy benefits of this powerful herb. The reason that I am saying this is because if taken in extremely large quantities Sage is toxic, so first do not overdose by drinking like a gallon a day or more and also women who are pregnant should NOT use sage as a medication, as well as people who are prone to epileptic fits.

Homemade Sage tea and its benefits

I drink this tea maybe 2-3 times a week, about 6-8 oz after a meal. I love the aroma, it reminds me of a mint+ rosemary. Sometimes I would add bit of honey, or agave nectar. My family prefer it with the raw sugar.

1 serving
•1 Tbs. Organic Dry Sage (not from filter)
•8 oz Water
Method:
1.Once the water boils take it off the burner and drop the dry sage in.
2.Cover and wait for 5 minutes.
3.Drain into the cup, and make it sweet if you desire.

Other Powerful herbs that you might like are Bay Leaf and Basil

I hope you all have great the rest of the week! Stay Happy and Healthy!

Your friend,
Sandra

Repost from Sandra’s Easy Cooking

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