Rich in beneficial compounds,
sage helps to slow down the
aging process and minimize
symptoms of arthritis and
Native to the Mediterranean, sage has been used for thousands of years and has one of the longest histories of use of any medicinal herb. It contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids, and phenolic acids. Sage is in the top ten of herbs that have the most powerful antioxidant effect, neutralizing the cell damaging free radicals that are thought to be linked with the aging process. Herbalists have long believed that sage is an outstanding memory enhancer and in trials, even small amounts significantly improved short-term recall. Sage is also antibacterial and can help reduce the number of hot flushes in menopausal women, and is recommended for people with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
- Strongly antioxidant, antibacterial, and preservative.
- Boosts memory.
- Reduces hot flushes in many menopausal women.
- Has anti-inflammatory properties.
Sage is an easy-to-grow, perennial hardy shrub available throughout the year. The leaves can be dried by laying them on a rack in a warm, dry place and then stored in an airtight tin. Add sage to other chopped herbs for a herb omelet or stuffing. Sprinkle chopped fresh sage on pizzas and pasta.
DID YOU KNOW?
For a long time herbalists have recognized sage’s antioxidant qualities. The Ancient Greeks used it to help preserve meat, while tenth-century physicians in Arabia believed it helped promote immortality.