Let’s be clear. We all should strive to lead the healthiest lives possible. As technology improves, we often seem to be chasing after everything unnatural. But there is a reason that herbs still exist and they can contribute to our overall healthy lifestyle in improving our overall wellbeing.
One such herb is sage. A native of south-eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, sage is one of the most valued herbs since ancient times. It is widely known for its antiseptic and preservative properties that make it an indispensable culinary component.
Medicinally used for aromatherapy, muscle aches, and rheumatism, the oils in sage can also improve memory and enhance mental clarity. Let’s discover the impacts and uses of this perennial woody together!
#1 Anti-inflammatory Properties
When it comes to dealing with inflammation, few herbs can compare to the effects of sage. It can be used for treating gout, arthritis, and inflammation of the cardiovascular system.
While the flavor of sage leaves can be strong, chewing them is the best way to absorb its organic compounds. Alternatively, you can steep the leaves or create a tincture.
#2 Boosts Immune System
Sage contains antimicrobial properties that combat viral and bacterial infections present in the body. You can eat this herb in small quantities or apply a topical cream that includes sage to your skin.
#3 Manages Diabetes
Certain chemicals and extracts in sage appear to inhibit the release of stored glucose in the liver. This prevents fluctuations of blood sugar and can help manage type 2 diabetes.
#4 Enhances Cognitive Functions
Consuming or inhaling small amounts of sage has been known to boost memory retention. This means that students or those in intellectually demanding jobs can benefit from the brain-boosting abilities of this herb.
#5 Improves Bone Health
Sage has high levels of vitamin K, which is an essential element in developing bone density. A single serving of sage leaves contains 27% of daily recommended vitamin K intake.
#6 Benefits Hair
Using sage tea to rinse your hair can ward off dandruff and increase luster. This treatment is also used to combat hair loss and stimulate hair growth.
You can prepare sage tea by adding one tablespoon of sage leaves in a cup of water and bringing the solution to boil. Let it sit for 10 minutes, strain it, and drink it warm.
#7 Dental Health
On top of everything else, sage can also be used as an effective mouthwash for treating throat infections, gum disease, and cankers. Gargle sage tea to rinse your mouth or freeze it into ice cubes and pop one to treat cankers.
A Final Word
Incorporating sage into your diet and everyday life can help you achieve improved health. Healers have been using this super herb for centuries as it is rich in vitamins A, C, E, B-complex, minerals, and essential oils – all beneficial to the body.
Sage has the ability to enhance brain function, strengthen your immune system, treat skin conditions, prevent chronic diseases, combat inflammation, and more. Consider growing it indoors or outside to ensure it will always be within your reach!
Amit Vaidya is the best-selling author of the memoir Holy Cancer and the upcoming Food Is Medicine cookbook series. He is the in-house health & wellness expert for Kapiva Ayurveda, advocating for the empowerment of all individuals to be in the driver’s seat of their own lives. He chronicles his life on Instagram under the handle @live4todayamit.
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