When we think about sage many of us associated it as a stuffing for turkey, but it’s actually more than just a simple culinary herb, as it’s also been used to help improve a variety of health issues.
The earliest record of its medicinal use can be traced back thousands of years ago, when ancient Egyptians used it as an herbal remedy for fertility problems.
Sage tea is often referred to as the “thinker’s tea” because of its ability to help enhance mental clarity and concentration. The tea is an herbal infusion made from the fresh or dried gray-green leaves of the sage herb. Sage is a perennial plant that’s native to the Mediterranean regions, and it has long been regarded as one of the most important medicinal herbs.
There are many benefits of drinking an infusion of sage such as:
Not only can sage bring relief to common ailments such as a cough and sore throat, it also helps to detoxify the body, ease menopausal symptoms, relieve anxiety, reduce high cholesterol levels and help improve digestion.
How to make a cup of sage tea
1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves or 1 teaspoon dried sage
1 cup water
1 wedge lemon (optional)
Honey, to taste (optional)
Bring the water to a boil, remove it from the heat and then put the sage leaves in the water. Let the tea steep for three to five minutes. Strain the leaves before pouring the tea into a cup. Add lemon and honey, if desired.
It has to be noted that Sage tea may cause side effects if consumed in excessive amounts because it contains thujone and camphor. Pregnant women should avoid drinking sage tea and it is recommended to drink no more than 3 cups a day. If you would like to learn more about the benefits and side effects of sage tea you can refer to many online articles on the internet.