Sage Tea
And other uses of this Herb

Sage Tea

It's not just food that sage can be used for - sage tea is a refreshing drink and was particularly popular in the Middle Ages in Europe.  Gargling with tea made from common sage, Salvia officinalis, was used to stengthen gums and keep teeth white.  In addition, a sage gargle is a well-known and sometimes very effective cure for sore throats and laryngitis.

Adding honey as a natural sweetener, and milk, produced a stimulating drink, which can be enjoyed today just as well as it was in the Middle Ages.  Sage is a natural aid in digestion, so whether you prefer to drink sage tea with or without the milk and honey, it can provide natural benefits that people for many years have enjoyed.

Consumed in moderate quantities, sage tea can boost insulin activity and reduce blood sugar.  This may be helpful for diabetics, but if you have diabetes, be sure to consult your doctor before considering drinking sage tea.  Also note that you should never drink sage tea as a replacement for normal drinks - consumed in excess it can be toxic, so it is recommended that you save drinking sage tea for special occasions or when you want to simply give yourself a well-deserved treat.

Other uses of Sage

In past times, Romans, Greek and Arab peoples commonly employed a sage compress to relieve snake bites.  Indeed, a sage and vinegar compress can very effectively help reduce the pain of bruises.  Its natural antiseptic qualities, and can be used as an antiseptic both internally and externally for bacterial infections.

Sage can reduce excessive sweating, particularly in women who are at the menopause stage in life.  It has been used as a tonic for nerves, and is believed to be good for the brain, stimulating memory improvement.  Recent research indicates that it may even be helpful in treating Alzheimer's disease, suffered by many older members of the human population.

Certain species of sages, are still employed in the shamanic rites of certain tribes of South America

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