What if I told you it is something so beneficial you’ll want to pull out more than once a year on Thanksgiving? Sage benefits are vast aiding everything from cholesterol levels to stress levels sage just might be one herb to consider for both your spice cabinet and your medicine cabinet.
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 little ol’ 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
- 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 the mother’s milk
- anti-inflammatory especially in the mouth and throat
Essential oil actions
- sage is an anti-inflammatory
- the benefits of sage include antimicrobial properties
- astringent qualities
- Sage is an antiseptic
- Additionally sage insecticidal (who doesn’t love that?)
- The benefits of sage include mild laxative properties
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. What about the forgetful newbie gardener? Yup, sage can also handle that.
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?
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 benefits make it perfect for both nourishing food and powerful medicine. Consequently, that takes us right 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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