Sage is a desert herb that hails from Mediterranean regions. This herb is often used in cooking and is easy to identify due to its unique flavor and aroma. However, sage is good for more than just flavoring a dish; it also contains a wide variety of health benefits.
Health Benefits of Sage Tea
Let’s discover some of the incredible benefits that sage tea can offer.
1. Cancer Prevention
Some studies have suggested that sage can help protect against certain types of cancer. There are certain phenolic compounds found in sage that can help protect cell DNA from damage, thus preventing cancer. Sage extract may also promote DNA repair, which could give a cancer patient a huge advantage in fighting the disease. Another study showed that sage tea can aid cell death, inhibit growth, and prevent reproduction of (colon) cancer cells.
2. Anxiety Aid
Studies suggest that consuming sage tea can improve your mood and significantly reduce feelings of anxiety. In one study, consumption of a dried sage leaf supplement was shown to improve mood, decrease anxiety, and improve alertness.
3. Liver Support
Because it contains potent antioxidants, sage helps to improve and protect liver function. In one animal study, sage tea improved antioxidant levels in the liver by 14%. Sage tea can also prevent the loss of necessary liver antioxidants, such as glutathione.
Sage leaf supplements were shown in a study to significantly reduce severity and occurrence of hot flashes in menopausal patients. “Extreme” hot flashes were eliminated entirely at the end of the eight-week study. The supplement also appeared to address other menopausal symptoms, such as frequent urination and moodiness.
5. Cognitive Function Support
Sage has long been used as a natural remedy to combat memory loss and cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Research has shown that consuming a sage extract or drinking sage tea often can reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms and may improve cognitive function. Sage oil has also been connected to adults with higher word recall abilities. The herb is believed to work by inhibiting the loss of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger in the brain, which is often found in much lower levels in those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Sage has also been used to treat bacterial and fungal infections, and has been shown to be effective in killing E. coli. The herbal tea is also used to soothe indigestion and improve oral health.
Clearly, sage is good for more than just flavoring the stuffing come Thanksgiving. Incorporate the herb into more dishes and enjoy a cup of sage tea regularly to protect your body from many diseases and conditions naturally.
How to Make Sage Tea
Pour one cup of hot water over two teaspoons of dried or fresh sage leaves. Cover and let it steep for ten minutes and strain. Be sure that the water is not boiling when it is poured over the leaves, otherwise, it will lose its potency — the essential oils it contains will vaporize.
Word of Caution
Because sage can cause uterine contractions, it should not be used by women who are pregnant. As always, sage should never be consumed in excess.