Sage benefits and uses

Sage, it’s nothing new I know. But what if I told you it is something so beneficial you’ll want to pull out more than once a year on Thanksgiving? From cholesterol levels to stress levels sage is one herb you might just want to consider for both your spice cabinet and your medicine cabinet.

sage on a table

Herbs are the mother of all medicines. As you may well know, many of our modern day pharmaceuticals were in part made from herbs, just with a whole list of negative side effects and a big price tag. Mother nature’s original medicine is still better than anything man has yet produced (and in my opinion ever will). One of the best things about herbs is they can be easy to grow, even in a small area, have a multitude of uses, and easy to store and keep with little supplies needed.

Let be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ~ Hippocrates

Benefits

  • aids digestion (particularly of fatty meat)
  • lowers cholesterol levels
  • bitter tonic for the liver
  • stress reliever
  • good for rebuilding vitality after long-term illness
  • hormonal stimulant
  • helpful with hot flashes and night sweats
  • aids with premature ejaculation
  • helps to reduce sweating
  • effective at drying up mother’s milk
  • anti-inflammatory especially in the mouth and throat

 Essential oil actions

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antimicrobial
  • astringent
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • diuretic
  • hypertensive
  • insecticidal
  • laxative
  • tonic
  • emmenagogue

No matter if we are talking about the plant or the essential oil sage is really quite impressive. There is something on that list that just about everyone could benefit from (seriously who couldn’t use more stress relieving). From excessive sweat to sore throats, sage can tackle a lot.

In the garden

As useful as sage is in the kitchen and medicine cabinet, would you believe it is also a cinch to grow? Okay to be fair, some people struggle. If you have soggy soil and continuously cool weather sage isn’t exactly a fan of that. Hot dry summers, sage can handle that. Rocky or sandy soil sage can handle that. The forgetful Newby gardener, yup, sage can also handle that.

sage in the garden

Sage is a perennial and grows well in zones 4-8. That my friends can be a great thing, zones 4-8 covers quite a lot of area. Then there is the fact its a perennial, one and done. Who doesn’t,  need a few more plants that just return without extra work?

So now…

I have your gears turning now, right? You have that little flower bed or spare place you imagine a perfect place for your newly favorited herb, sage. Whether it’s sage in a tea to dry up milk, in a gargle for a sore throat, paired with a roast or taken after a long bout of sickness, sage is the perfect herb. Sage for food and medicine, that takes me back to the quote by Hippocrates ”Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Sage may not be the only herb to have in your medicine cabinet, but it sure is a good one ♡♡♡

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