Sage – the plant of salvation

Sage – the plant of salvation

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The rich history of sage

Native to sun-soaked countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, sage has one of the richest histories of any herb. Used in both cooking and in medicine, the many healing properties of sage have been used for several thousands of years. Arab physicians believed sage promoted immortality and increased mental acumen; Native Americans used it for fertility and skin conditions; Chinese valued it as a stimulating tonic for both the nervous and digestive systems; Egyptians used it to promote fertility; Romans considered sage a sacred herb especially beneficial for the digestive system; and the French drank it often as a tea. Throughout history, the high esteem of sage has not faded. Years of research has shown that there are many benefits to sage which are not far from traditional use.

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How can sage help you?

1. Supporting healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels

Sage contains powerful antioxidant compounds that help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. This is protective against damaging cholesterol levels, as it is the free radicals which trigger cholesterol to cause harm. Research has discovered sage can help to reduce the number of triglycerides and harmful LDL cholesterol within the body, and can increase the amount of beneficial HDL cholesterol we have. This is also beneficial for diabetes support, as sage can help to lower blood sugar. Calming in nature, sage can aid proper digestion, stimulate stomach acid, bile flow and pancreatic function, for better digestive health. 

2.Enhance memory and cognitive functions

Similar to rosemary (another member of the mint family); sage has been used since ancient times to help to enhance memory and brain function. A tonic for the brain, sage helps to sharpen senses; provide clarity of thought, and promote vitality needed for proper cognitive skills. Research has found that sage can help to improve memory in young adults and is protective against neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, as it protects neurotransmitters within the brain.

3. Regulating hormonal balance 

Sage is a valued herb for those suffering from PMS and menopausal imbalances. With properties similar to oestrogen, sage is used for the treatment of heavy or irregular periods, feelings of depression and to reduce menstrual cramps. Sage not only promotes a sense of calm, it may be taken as restorative tonic for an exhausted nervous system. One of the most important herbs for temperature regulation and excess sweating, sage is clinically proven to provide relief of hot flushes and night sweats. Sage is also beneficial to woman discontinuing breastfeeding as it can help reduce milk flow. For this reason, it is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid sage. 

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How to take sage

There are many ways to reap the health benefits of sage. The silver-green leaves can be enjoyed in culinary dishes or taken as a tea either fresh or dried. Enjoyed as a tea, the leaves should be infused in hot water and covered for medicinal benefit. Sage is a tonic to the nervous system, and the essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy for relaxation. Sage can also be taken as a liquid tonic or in a supplement. Sage is commonly used by herbalists and in spiritual settings for cleansing and purification purposes. The main ingredient in smudge sticks, bundles of dried sage are used to cleanse rooms of negative energy and enhance healing.

For hot flushes; drink the juice of six fresh sage leaves soaked overnight in lemon juice (for a maximum of 2 weeks) to reduce heat and excess sweating.

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Sage has the wonderful ability to support and heal both the body and mind. With many medicinal uses, it is no surprise that the traditional use of sage has continued within medicine today. It is important to note however that as sage contains powerful medicinal compounds, it should be used thoughtfully and avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding, unless otherwise instructed by a professional.

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