Health benefits of Sage

Sage is a herb useful for medicinal and culinary purposes. Sage belongs to the mint family which was grown initially in the Mediterranean and Balkan regions. One of the most popular types of sage is pineapple sage which gives bright red flowers and a sweet fragrance. It is excellent for teas and potpourri. Sage usually comes in three types, fresh, ground and rubbed.

Sage is added in many delicious dishes like chicken recipes, pork, beef, and in fatty meats. Sometimes it is deeply fried for garnishing or eaten as a snack.

Sage contains excellent sources of vitamin A, K, flavonoid, phenolic acid, soluble and insoluble fibre, carbohydrates, sugar, sodium, minerals and fatty acids.

Sage also contains antioxidant, anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Health benefits of Sage

Treats Alzheimer’s disease

For ages, both men and women have consumed sage tea to fight memory loss. Sage extract contains active compounds which help in treating Alzheimer’s disease.

“The Medicinal Plant Research Centre (MPRC) of England recently conducted studies at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities with sage oil herb pills against placebo pills. Those who took the sage pills performed much better with a word recall test than those who took the placebo”.

Sage oil contains ketones, including A and B thujone which helps in mental clarity and improves memory. Sage oil increases acetylcholinesterase (Ach) levels in the brain which in turn improves concentration.

Relieves indigestion

Sage tea can reduce intestinal pain or gastric problems and other symptoms of indigestion. The superior component triggers upper digestive secretions, bile flow, and bowel movement. The volatile essential oil present in sage stimulates better digestion.

How to make sage herb tea:

Ingredients:

  • 10 large sage leaves or 1 tablespoon of dried sage powder
  • 1 cup of water

Method:

  1. Pour water in a vessel.
  2. Put leaves or dried powder on the vessel.
  3. Boil the water in high flame for 5 minutes.
  4. Filter the water.

Mint tea

Sage tea gargling treats sore throat, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, sore gums and other mouth problems.

Beneficial for women

Lactating mothers who produce excess milk may suffer from engorged breasts or blocked milk ducts. This results in inflammation or infection on the breast tissue. Sage tea is an excellent home remedy to treat this problem. Sage contains oestrogen (group of steroid hormones) that helps decreasing the milk supply.

Bone strength

Sage contains nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, potassium, zinc, magnesium, copper, manganese, B vitamins, including B9, B6, B2, and calcium. All these nutrients are important for bone strength. Either adding sage leaves on your favourite dishes or drinking sage tea helps strengthening your bones.

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Lowering cholesterol

Drinking sage extract thrice or twice a day for 2 months reduces bad cholesterol (Low density lipoprotein) and triglycerides, while also increasing good cholesterol (High density lipoprotein).

Reduces muscle ache

Sage oil contains phenolic, flavonoids, apigenin, diosmetin, and luteolin. All these have essential oil content that helps to reduce muscle cramps, muscle stiffness and ache.

Cleanse wounds

The antiseptic properties in sage help cleaning wounds and protects during surgery and from other infections.

Hair loss treatment

Sage contains beta-sitosterol which is successful in treating male pattern baldness.

Ingredients:

  • 4 drops sage essential oil
  • 4 drops of peppermint oil
  • 4 drops of rosemary oil
  • One tablespoon olive oil

Method:

  1. Dilute sage, peppermint and rosemary oil in olive oil.
  2. Massage your scalp with this twice in a day.
  3. Store the oil and apply daily for better results.

Darker & shinier hair

Just rinse your hair with sage tea after shampooing. This makes your hair darker and even more silkier and shiny.

Rosemary and sage is an excellent combination to make your hair thicker and darker.

Ingredients:

  • Sage leaves
  • Rosemary leaves
  • Water

Method:

  1. Take a few sage and rosemary leaves.
  2. Boil in a cup of water for few minutes.
  3. Strain the water.
  4. Rinse your hair with this herbal water.

Repeat this process once or twice a week. This helps in hair growth and to maintain healthy hair.

Treats excessive sweating

Intake of dry sage powder or fresh sage leaf extract can reduce excess sweating by 50%. Sage works as a mask and helps to remove body odor.

Treats asthma

Sage naturally contains anti-spasmodic effects in it. Steam inhalation with sage reduces muscle tension and prevents asthma attack.

Method:

  1. Boil water in a vessel.
  2. Switch off.
  3. Add a handful of dried or fresh sage leaves to the hot water.
  4. Inhale this steam.

Skin treatment

Skin related diseases like acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and other skin infections can be treated with the help of sage. Sage contains anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties that help curing skin diseases.

Fresh sage extract can be applied on the skin infected area to treat it.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.