When it comes to eating healthy, most people tend to focus on eating more fruits and veggies. But herbs and spices can also provide many healing benefits. This week in the spice rack series we will be learning about the benefits of Sage.
Sage is an herb native to the Mediterranean and is part of the mint family. The sage plant has gray & green edible leaves and flowers that can range from blue and purple to white or pink. Sage has a long history of medicinal use for ailments ranging from mental disorders to gastrointestinal discomfort.
Health Benefits of Sage
Sage contains a variety of antioxidants in the form of volatile oils, flavanoids and phenolic acids. This herb also contains a significant amount of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, calcium, iron, magnesium, and manganese.
In the first century A.D. a Roman physician by the name of Dioscorides described how a decoction of sage stopped wounds from bleeding and cleansed ulcers. Traditional herbalists believed it was useful for treating sprains, swelling, rheumatism, sore throats, coughs, and excessive menstrual bleeding. Sage is also believed to sharpen the memory and strengthen the nervous system. Research has suggested that it may be an effective option to help treat Alzheimer’s Disease.
Sage has been found to contain beneficial compounds like tannin, an astringent; phenolic acid, potent against staph infections and yeast; and rosmarinic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory.
You can use Sage in more than just your Thanksgiving turkey stuffing. Sage has a less robust flavor than most other Mediterranean herbs. You can easily use sage in soups, stews, casseroles, pork, duck, seafood, and burgers. When baking fish or chicken in parchment paper, place fresh sage on top before putting it in the oven. You can also toss a little sage into a salad.
Another fabulous option for including sage into your diet, is by adding a little fresh sage to your smoothies.