Surprising Uses of Sage

Sage

Salvia officinalis - meaning to heal or be healthy.

A few years back 🙂 I wrote how I was going to talk about some of the more common herbs that grow easily in England as I felt the more exotic herbs had too much of the spotlight.  So I want to talk about these as they deserve more recognition than they currently get.

Many years ago women grew herbs in their kitchen gardens to flavour food and treat their family’s health.  Sage was one of these kitchen garden herbs and it also appeared in medieval monks’ gardens.

So what is so special about sage? Doesn’t it just get mixed into stuffing and shoved up a bird?  Well if this is the only way we see Sage we are missing out.

5 Great Uses for Sage

  1. Sore throat – use as a gargle, the astringent and antimicrobial properties of sage relieve a sore throat.  Even the worst kind that leaves you unable to sleep.
  2. Night sweat reliever – drink the tea cool.  Sage also helps with hot flushes.
  3. Improves mood and cognition – works in healthy people and those with dementia and alzheimers.
  4. Indigestion helper – the carminative properties and slight bitter taste of sage are responsible for it’s indigestion relieving qualities.
  5. Flatulence expeller – need I say more?

Painting from Koehler’s Medicinal Plants (1887)

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