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The sage leaf and its marvelous benefits!

Updated on April 30, 2013
The real parsley, sage,  rosemary and thyme!
The real parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme!

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

I suppose we can all remember Scarborough Fair, that famous song by Simon and Garfunkel, where they mention those four basic kitchen herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Please click here for the Simon & Garfunkel video about the song!

"Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine"

In this hub I will talk about just one of those basic herbs: sage and I will mention its marvelous properties.

The savory flavor of sage, known for its culinary properties, together with its wonderful medicinal qualities is held in such high esteem that the International Herb Association awarded sage the title of Herb or the year in 2001!

Sage plants
Sage plants
Sage oil
Sage oil
Dried sage in bowl
Dried sage in bowl
Sage in vase
Sage in vase

History

Sage is herb that has been around for thousands of years and it was cultivated mainly around the Mediterranean area. It is now used mainly in the Greek, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines.

The herb is used mainly to prepare meat dishes, especially poultry and pork, but cooking is not its only use. As it original name salvare, from the Latin to save, suggests, it was has also been used in popular medicine.

Europeans associate this traditional Native American herb with Jupiter because of its warmly expansive scent, but its waxy whiteness gives sage a nice Moon component too. Jupiter's influence is that of a king and its plants are usually large and bold. Jupiter plants can be aromatic and their effect is to cause warm feelings of satisfaction. Their scent is usually very giving and generous too. Moon plants are liked by witches, as they are handy for divination, especially through dreams.

Selection and storage

For superior flavor, try using fresh sage instead of the dried form. Buy organically grown sage, as radiation reduces its vitamin C content. Cut fresh sage leaves should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag, or you may wrap them in a damp paper towel to keep their freshness for three or four days. Dried sage can be kept in a sealed glass container in a cool, dark place and it should keep fresh for about six months. Whether fresh, dried, or powdered, this herb is available throughout the year.

Specific health benefits

Brain

  • Sage can improve and increase one's memory.

Inflammation

  • Sage contains rosmarinic acid, which acts as an anti-inflammatory. It also has antiseptic properties and a sage wash is good for treating cuts and sores.

Antioxidant

  • Sage is a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from being damaged by oxidation and the formation of cancerous cells.

Colds

  • Use sage tea to gargle so as to relieve colds, coughs,a sore throat, mouth infections and bad breath.

Diabetes - Allergies

  • Sage may help people with diabetes and also those having allergies

Gynecology

  • Women suffering from excessive sweating due to the menopause should drink sage tea several times a day.
  • Sage can also help to regulate menstruation.

Anxiety, stress and depression

  • Clary sage is said to ease anxiety, stress and depression.

Digestion

  • Sage is also a digestive and can help with digestion, especially rich, fatty food.

Hair

  • If used as a hair rinse, sage will reduce hair loss and darken hair color.

Sage health benefits

Sage is a very good source of Vitamin A, calcium, iron and potassium. Sage contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids and phenolic acids. The acids can be readily absorbed and once inside the body they reduce inflammation and also work as an antioxidant. The use of sage is recommended for people with inflammatory conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and arteriosclerosis). Research has also shown that sage enhances memory, so adding it to soups, stews and casseroles can boost your wisdom quotient.

Comment about video

The video is over 9 minutes long, but it is very Italian and easily understandable, even if you don't speak any Italian! They sure teach you to prepare fried sage though!

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