Sage? It’s Very Wise To Be Sage!
People have been cooking with sage for thousands of years and recipes for sage pancakes have been dated back to the 5th century B.C.
Ancient Egyptians used it as a fertility drug and in the first century C.E. the Greek physician Dioscorides reported that it stopped wounds bleeding and cleaned ulcers and sores.
It’s a part of the mint family and the name salvia derives from the Latin salvere, meaning “to be saved".
Common sage (Salvia officinalis) has a peppery taste and has been used for centuries to flavor food and has always been associated with potent healing qualities.
It’s rich in the antioxidants, apigenin, diosmetin, and luteolin, and important nutrients, such as vitamin K.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Sage?
Sage is used in medicine to help alleviate the symptoms of digestive problems and mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and depression.
Alzheimer’s Disease using sage may help improve memory and information processing among people who suffer from mild Alzheimer’s disease.
Improving memory - A 50 microl dose of sage essential oil significantly improved immediate word recall in a study of more than twenty people published in the journal Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior.2
Helps diabetes type 2 patients – a team at the Research Institute of Medicinal Plants in Iran found that “Salvia officinalis leaf extract has anti-hyperglycemic and lipid profile improving effects in hyperlipidemic type 2 diabetic patients.”
Cholesterol – Sage is good at lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Anti-inflammatory - researchers at the University of Vienna, Austria published a study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology suggesting that Salvia officinalis has important anti-inflammatory properties.
Sore Throats And Coughs – Tea made from sage leaves has had a long history of use for treat sore throats and coughs and is usually gargled.
Research is currently being carried out to understand the effects of Sage on, stomach pains, preventing painful periods, asthma, diarrhea and reducing excessive sweating.
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