Sage-Medicinal and Other Uses
Sage has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb, it first started to appear in the Mediterranean area and can grow to about three feet in height but it does require several hours a day of direct sunlight to reach that height. The sage plant is very versatile and almost every part of the plant can be used the flowers, stems and leaves all have medicinal value. If you have never seen a sage plant it will be somewhat bushy in appearance and its leaves are most often a green-silver color and it gives off a very pungent odor, but in a good way!
The most exciting attribute of sage in some of the studies that have been done is its ability to help improve memory function and that it is showing a good deal of promise in Alzheimer’s disease patients by helping to restore a chemical in the brain that is linked to Alzheimer’s. Like honey sage is an antibacterial, an antifungal and an antiviral, it can and has been used to treat sore throats, digestive issues, coughing, and swelling. Sage is still used in many countries today as a treatment for upset stomachs, mouth conditions and menopausal issues.
There have been studies that show sage may be able to help diabetics to lower their blood sugar levels, this I can also attest to as I use sage frequently and it has helped to improve my blood sugar. Sage has been studied as a way to treat sores in the mouth and also wounds on the body, it is after all a natural remedy. Sage is also recommended when you have received a bug bite, such as a spider or wasp and it has been shown to help in giving a snake bite victim some relief. Sage has also been used in the treatment of liver conditions, anxiety, depression, and even in boosting the immune system. I know from experience that using sage as a paste can and will heal several bug bites, it even helped relieve our mosquito bites last summer.
For those who are Wiccan, we know there are a multitude of uses for sage, not only can sage be used as a healing aspect to the body, but it can also be used as a clarifying agent in a home if burned as incense. Burning sage incense helps to increase calm in those individuals who experience anxiety or panic attacks. Not only can this herb help clear the negative energy from your home, but it also promotes prosperity, longevity, fertility, healing and of course protection. One of my favorite things to make is sage flavored oils, currently I have some sage and orange blending, it is great as a blessing oil or for your own personal blend. So all around sage is an all purpose healer for body and spirit, it can be brewed into a tea, made in to a paste to apply to wounds, used as a mouth wash or a toothpaste and it can cleanse your home of negativity, oh and it adds flavor to just about any dish. Now that is what I call a super food!
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