An inconspicuous plant with blue to purple leaves that many people grow in their gardens is very rich in medicinal substances and effective for various ailments and injuries.
What it is and how it is grown
Sage is a plant of the deaf-headed family. It has small leaves with silvery hairs and a blue to purple flower. It is very aromatic and is suitable for both cooking and making tea.
It is easy to grow in the garden or in a pot and does well with other herbs such as mint, lemon balm or oregano. It grows to about 80 cm tall and likes plenty of sun. It is an herb that grows abundantly in Mediterranean areas, often wild. It does not smell of insects and reproduces by seeds sown in spring.
It should be picked on a clear day so that it contains a lot of fragrance thanks to the sun. The leaves and flowers are collected and then dried. Dry the sage in a room with fresh air flow to prevent mould from attacking it. In a bed, it repels insects.
However, sage has been used in the past as a room fumigant, as a cleansing bark for the sick, or to drive away evil spirits.
This practice did not go unnoticed, due to the fact that sage smoke has antiseptic effects, so it acted on the respiratory tract of the sick person. Even today, you can buy a sage incense burner or light sage at home and scent the room with the fragrant smoke. However, observe the safety rules for handling fire.
How to drink
There are several types of sage, with clary sage being used for drinking. It was used as a medicinal plant in ancient Egypt and reached Europe in the 9th century, where it gained great popularity as a medicine.
Sage tea is drunk by placing a teaspoon of sage in a sieve in a cup and pouring hot water over it. Allow the tea to infuse for 10 minutes and then remove the strainer. Drinking sage tea helps against many ailments. Most commonly for respiratory diseases or to reduce excessive sweating of the body.
In these cases, one cup a day is enough.
Sage tea causes more blood clotting, so it should not be drunk for long periods of time in a row. Mostly a week, especially if you suffer from excessive blood clotting like thrombophilia.
Sage leaf tea is also used for toothache and periodontal disease. It is good to drink it for toothache of oversensitive teeth, growth of ossicles or gingivitis. It is effective for aphthae and against tonsillitis.
In these cases it also serves as a gargle.
Most famous recipes and instructions
Also, sage syrup is very tasty and beneficial to health. To prepare it, you will need a handful of dried or fresh sage leaves, which you pour over a litre of water, leave to infuse and then strain.
Add a few drops of lemon, 200 g of sugar and you have a great sage syrup that you can enjoy by the spoonful or make into a tea.
You can also make a dish with sage to go with your sage tea. Chicken on sage is a delicious recipe that anyone who likes herbs will enjoy. Just sprinkle the chicken with salt and sage and then bake.
In the summer months, you will be refreshed by sage lemonade with lemon, which is prepared similarly to syrup, only with more lemon. You can also use oranges.
What are the health benefits
Sage has many medicinal properties and essential oils. Thujone, salviol and camphor are found in it. It also contains saponins, tannins and bitter substances.
It is used as a treatment for oral diseases, for inflammation, periodontitis, aphthae and tonsillitis.
Natural toothpastes and mouthwashes often contain sage, and its effects on the oral cavity are well known and highly sought after.
Reduces bloating and stimulates appetite.
It is used against the symptoms of anorexia and has a positive effect on the psyche. Sage soothes, relieves and counteracts muscle cramps and tremors. It is added to various ointments used to massage sore muscles and joints. It contains camphor, which has a cooling effect on the skin and is great for stressed muscles, relieving soreness.
Relieves coughs, sage syrup is very effective for congestion and respiratory diseases. It is also useful in strengthening the overall immunity of the body and gaining immunity.
Sage is used in hair preparations and decoctions.
It cleanses the scalp and prevents the formation of dandruff. It degreases, adds shine, prevents hair fall and takes care of damaged hair ends.
It also corrects the hormonal balance in menopause or puberty, the manifestations of which are associated with excessive sweating and hot flashes. Drinking sage tea prevents excessive sweating and calms nervousness.