You can make a medicinal sage tea from dried or fresh sage leaves. Simply add one cup of boiling water to two teaspoons of fresh sage or one teaspoon of dried sage.
Then, cover and steep for 10 minutes. Once steeping is completed, use a tea strainer or filter to remove the sage leaves and particles as you pour the brew into your cup.
You can also purchase sage tea in prepackaged form from a health foods retailer. Then, prepare your tea according to the instructions provided.
Sage (salvia officinalis) has a number of phytochemicals and nutrients that are thought to be beneficial to you. These include boron, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, and a number of the B vitamins.
The benefits of brewed sage are purported to include:
Be aware that sage can also produce negative effects. The herb can interfere with the proper absorption of iron or other key minerals the body needs. It can decrease a nursing mother's milk supply.
Women who are pregnant should not use this tea. Individuals who have seizure disorders should avoid the tea as well.
Always talk with your physician before consuming herbal teas or any type of herb-related products for medicinal purposes.
Sage tea may also be used as a hair rinse to enhance shine, particularly if you have dark hair. It is also purported to help hair grow.
Fresh sage should have a fragrant smell. It should not have soft spots and should be stored loosely in containers in the refrigerator.
History of Sage
Sage, which is an evergreen shrub that grows about three-feet high, is native to the Mediterranean and was introduced in North America in the 17th century.
The herb has been used for medicinal purposes for at least 2,000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine references the her bas far back as 200 B.C.
Ancient Greeks and Romans thought that the use of sage led to wisdom and better thinking. Some even thought sage was the secret to immortality.
According to one legend, Charlemagne, Emperor of Rome in 800 AD, ordered all farmers to plant sage. The herb was highly valued in trade. Four hundred years ago, it took three chests of black tea to trade for one chest of sage leaves.