Sage: A mine of healing virtues.

Sage: A mine of healing virtues.

Sage known by various names: common sage, garden sage, kitchen sage, common sage, kitchen sage, golden sage, scarlet sage, meadow sage, Dalmatian sage and broadleaf sage. It is not just a beautiful ornamental plant. But also one of the basic herbs that has many health benefits.

Botanically known as Salvia officinalis. Sage is a small, woody, evergreen, perennial shrub that belongs to the mint family. Its leaves are grey-green and its flowers are distinctly blue-purple. It comes from the Mediterranean region. The wild variety of sage often has white or pink flowers. But it is mostly grown in two colors, namely purple sage flower and red sage flower.

Discovery of medicinal properties of sage.

You will appreciate the strong aroma and bitter, astringent taste of sage not only in several culinary preparations. However, due to the extensive medicinal properties of this plant, it is extremely beneficial for treating and improving the function of the brain, nerves, eyes and other glands. In addition, it is also used to treat sore throat, headache, dental problems, stomach disorders, skin problems, fever, joint pain, etc.

Holistic medicines from Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Chinese medicine attest to sage’s effectiveness as a cognitive and immune booster. Because it is involved in strengthening bones.

Sage’s strong aroma and distinct flavor also make it an excellent choice for flavoring delicacies, as well as for garnishing or flavoring. In addition to being an ingredient in kitchens, it is also used in the form of tea, infusions, tonics or capsules to take advantage of its medicinal properties.

Amazing benefits of sage.

Improves cognitive functions:

Several types of research have concluded that people who regularly take sage have better memory, better reasoning, and better problem solving. So it can be considered a brain stimulant. Therefore, it is extremely beneficial in the treatment of psychotic disorders and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Strengthens immunity and prevents infections:

Sage’s powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties help ward off infections and act as a protective shield by strengthening the body’s immune system. They prevent sore throats, coughs and cold symptoms. At the same time, it treats various types of fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Used as a gargle, sage effectively fights gum infections and treats gingivitis and bleeding gums. The powder of the leaves is so useful for strengthening the teeth and gums.

Strengthens bones and muscles:

As an excellent source of vitamin K, sage plays a key role in natural bone growth and remodeling. It supports bone health, reduces the risk of fractures, maintains the overall balance of the organism and provides the body with a strong and perfect skeleton.

Nourishes the skin:

Sage is a powerful antioxidant and thus helps reduce damage caused by free radicals in the body. The anti-microbial property of sage helps to get rid of various skin infections like pimples, nits, acne and eczema. It also prevents many signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and spots by stopping UV damage.

Treats diabetes:

The active substances in sage are extremely effective in the treatment of diabetes. They inhibit the release of sugar into the blood and increase the level of insulin in the body. A regular infusion of sage leaves is extremely effective in lowering blood sugar.

Side effects of excessive consumption:

Sage is safest to consume when cooked or in a well-measured therapeutic dose. However, pregnant women and nursing mothers are strongly advised not to overdose on this plant in any available form (tablet, infusion or tonic) as it may cause miscarriage during pregnancy or reduce milk production in women.

Sage is an extremely powerful herb that has memory enhancing properties. Thanks to the amount of important vitamins and minerals it contains, it is of great importance for boosting immunity, strengthening bones, warding off infections and managing diabetes. After proper consultation, it can be used as medicine or simply enjoyed in various dishes.

Here are two recipes to take full advantage of sage:

Pour the water over the sage and blackberries. If you like fizz, use sparkling water. Or better yet, freeze fresh sage leaves in ice cube trays with water. This will give you wonderful “herbal” ice cubes.

You can make pesto from fresh sage leaves. Just add the following to your food processor:

  • 1 cup sage leaves.
  • ¼ cup raw almonds.
  • 3 cloves of garlic.
  • Juice of ½ lemon.
  • ¼ cup olive oil.
  • A pinch of sea salt. Put everything in a food processor until it forms a thick paste and enjoy!

Use fresh whole sage leaves to add flavor to olive oil by infusing. Place clean, dry sage leaves in the bottle. Then fill it with extra virgin olive oil and close it. It is best to keep the pickle in the fridge and use it within a month.

* Presse Santé strives to convey knowledge about health in a language accessible to all. IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information provided replace the advice of a medical professional.

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