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The Health and Beauty Benefits of Sage

Updated on January 25, 2013

The Tremendous Benefits of Sage

Not everyone realizes that spices and herbs like sage have tremendous amounts of antioxidants compared to other vegetable and fruit sources. As a matter of fact most herbs contain antioxidants in a broad variety which makes them a great food source for this. Officially called salvia officinalis, Sage is native to the region of the Mediterranean and Southern Europe. For centuries, sage has been traditionally used in medicine.

Its leaves are used for cooking. The extracted oils are distilled from dried leaves and you can even make a healthy cup of tea from the dried sage leaves. Considered to be an expectorant, a diuretic and a stimulant, sage also has antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is also an anxiolytic which reduce anxiety.

Primarily, sage is a great source of antioxidants just like rosemary, which is also from the mint family. The antioxidants included in sage are phenolic acids, flavonoids and volatile oils. Enzymes such as peroxidase and superoxide dismutase are also contained in sage and this combination gives this herb the capacity for being considered one of nature's best sources for antioxidants.

Categorized by some to be the perfect herb, the popularity of sage is undeniable for the medicinal and culinary industry. Part of the family of mint, sage is a beautiful silvery plant with a wonderful fragrance. This is a great addition to herb gardens in the kitchen and is quite healing as well. These days, most home gardens have sage as it is also an ornamental plant. Not only is it a popular home remedy, it also has great medicinal and preservative properties. Rich in potassium, calcium, iron and vitamin A, sage prevents bleeding, ulcers, swelling and sprains. It also causes the nervous system to become stronger.

Health Benefits of Sage

  • Sage helps in digesting foods that are rich in protein, hard to digest and fatty foods.
    The cosmetic industry uses sage for blemishes and in skin care creams due to the cicatrisant content.
  • Sage also regulates menstrual cycles and prevents menopausal women from excess sweating.
    Many powerful antioxidants are contained in sage that protects cells from oxidation and cancer.
  • Mosquito bites and allergies are alleviated by sage.
  • Sage helps in promoting digestion, giving acidity relive and has choleretic and cholagogue properties.
  • Sage oil contains camphen and camphor, which prevents and cure infections that are fungal such as infections, athlete's foot and dermatitis.
  • Surgical incisions, sores and wounds heal rapidly with sage. It is also an antiseptic. Sage is also used for its anti-bacterial properties that help various parts of the body including the eyes, genitals, ears, throat, nose, intestines and stomach.
  • Energy is increased with the boosted stores of iron. Rich in calcium and vitamin A, sage is important for skin, bones, teeth and growth. Memory is also improved and children also benefit from taking sage
  • For patients with diabetics, sage is among the herbal plants that are beneficial. Studies show that sage tea infusion affects levels of fasting glucose in normal animals. Reportedly, sage is recommended for use as a supplement to food for the prevention of Type 2 diabetes as it lowers glucose in the blood of those at risk.


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      Pavel 3 years ago

      I am looking for a good mivititiuamln and minerals for my family which includes 2 little kids and a teenage son I don't know what is what here so if you could inform me. I had been looking into Juice plus for the kids at least. thank you for your help. We had been taking synthetic and have stopped so we are in need of good vitamins.

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      Niteriter 5 years ago from Canada

      Excellent commentary, well presented, on a very important topic. Would it be fair to say that you are now a sage regarding sage?


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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was very interesting! I had no idea there were so many benefits to sage. Thank you for the information.

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      Mary Merriment 5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      This is neat information. I've learned a lot about plants and herbs and possible health benefits. I can't look at something growing out of the ground or blooming on a tree and think "I wonder what health potential that contains." I have some type of purple sage growing and I keep meaning to learn about it's benefits. But, the information provided here provides me with some idea and reminds me to further look into that.

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      Mary Kelly Godley 5 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting, I had no idea Sage had so many beneficial properties. I think I will be getting a Sage Plant myself. Good article, voted up.