For many centuries, the use of different plants for medicinal purposes by herbalist has been recorded. Among all these medicinal plants that are known to us, one of the first ancient used medicines is the sage (Salvia officinalis). It is one of the recorded ancient herbs that are listed in the medicinal texts of the Greek and Romans. Its use goes as far back as the times of the ancient Egyptians. Even though sage was mostly used for cooking purposes, it still has some amazing benefits when it is prepared in the form of tea.
This herb which originates from the Europe and the Mediterranean, apart from cooking and purposes were also used for ceremonial reasons. Research that has been done in the modern times has discovered numerous reasons why the tea is beneficial. Doctors today, mention it to their patients for some problems. It is not likely that enough if this herb is ingested when used as food seasoning but if they are prepared in tea form the sage tea can be a potent force. With its potential, general health can be boosted in so many ways. The sage tea was used to treat plenty diseases.
Its delicate and mildly sweet flavour makes it recommended for your preferred vegetable dishes, meat and casseroles. Sage is part of the mint family with other herbs like oregano, lavender, basil, thyme and rosemary. These herbs have low-calorie count with proved benefits to the general human health. It is rich in vitamin A and K but it is the rosmarinic acid, diosmetin, luteolin and apigenin that make the tea and oils and from this herb so treasured.
Natural Beneficial Uses of Sage Tea
There are hardly allergies, so it is tolerated by most.
The body absorbs it easily and is mild on the gastrointestinal system
As a diuretic, it helps in removing body toxins, bacteria and parasites
Its strong antioxidant properties improves the immune system
It is antifungal and antimicrobial fighting symptoms of cold and flu
Calms stomach upset like bloating, diarrhoea and nausea
General Safety Measures
Sage tea should be avoided by pregnant and nursing women as it can cause contractions of the uterus. For those who are on diabetic prescriptions, there is the need to consult their physicians before including sage in their diet because it could drop their blood sugar too low.
Having this wonderful, nourishing tea in your cabinet is going to give you that fantastic feeling in your body and mind. Having sage tea will help you deal with issues like anxiety, high blood sugar, hot flashes, inflammation, and stomach disorder and so on.
Other Beneficial Uses of Sage Tea
When plants started becoming the focus of scientific research, results that were discovered were mind-blowing. The JAFC (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry) in one study discovered that phenolic compounds in sage tea safeguards human DNA. Not only that, it also increased the healing speed of the previously impaired DNA. The rosmarinic acid brought about cell suicide (apoptosis) in active cancer cells and prevented the growth of cancer cells.
Studies have also been published on the liver-protective aids of sage tea. It lowers toxins in the liver and increases its antioxidant levels making it retain glutathione which is an important nutrient. There have been reports too that menopausal women have had a 50% decrease in hot flashes, an enhanced mood and good health feeling after using the tea for more than eight weeks. In another study after 3 months of using sage tea, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol (bad) and blood glucose levels were reduced.
HDL cholesterol (good) levels were also increased. Alzheimer’s patients had a quantifiable enhancement of cognitive ability and it was discovered that this tea increased memory and focus on ‘hale and hearty’ young persons. Sage is easily obtainable and affordable, whether it is ground, dried or fresh.
Making a Sage Tea
This tea will relax your troubled nerves, ease your aching guns and help treat your sore throat. Preparing the tea is not difficult; just easy and effective.
6 water cups
20 leaves of fresh sage
20 leaves of fresh mint
8 cardamom pots
1 big stick of cinnamon
Put all the spices with water in a pot. Allow the water with all the spices to boil for about two minutes. Put off the fire and then add the leaves. Cover it and then let it soak for about five minutes. Honey can be added to improve the taste. If you are using the dried sage leaves, you can add a tablespoon to a boiling water pot and allow it to cook for two minutes. The heat can then be turned off; it can be taken hot or cold. Making sage tea a part of your daily routine is a nice way for you to retain the strength of your immune system.
Though the taste might be slightly bitter or astringent, it can be sweetened with the likes of stevia, honey and sugar. You can also use it with other tasty blends like the English breakfast or Darjeeling. One very reliable way you can source and enjoy sage is to grow it by your own hands. It is a good way for you to learn the art of gardening and involving every other member of your family in the ways of nature. Once they are grown in your garden you can use them as herbal solutions, in your kitchen and for crafts.