Once considered a sacred herb by the Greeks, offerings of sage were made to the ancient god Dias. A multi purpose tonic, recognised since ancient times, it was referred to and used by Hippocrates as a tonic of mind and body. Husbands coming home from war were offered a sage infusion by their wives to stimulate fertility.
Found in abundance in the Cretan countryside on seemingly barren soil, self-seeding, drought resistent and hardy, loved by bees, but now, largely overlooked by Cretans.
Taking a look at some of the benefits of this humble herb may surprise you.
As an astringent, stimulant and tonic, it induces heat in the stomach, facilitates digestion, speeds up circulation, exerts a significant effect on the brain and improves memory (is used in treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer). It stimulates and revitalizes muscle aches, aids rheumatism, diabetes, gout and diarrhea. It halts milk production, has an estrogenic effect, enhances mental clarity and helps ease depression. Also reduces persperation and is a diuretic.
King of the “anti`s” it is natural antiseptic, antioxidant, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-imflammatory and anticonvulsant.
It gives relief to mosquito and wasp stings, by rubbing the effected area with fresh leaves.
A beneficial hair tonic if used in rinsing.
Beneficial to asthma and atherosclerosis sufferers and may help with cardiovascular disease.
Contains vitamins K, C and A, calcium, iron and magnesium.
Uses for Sage
Roast fish or chicken with fresh sage leaves
As in infusion for a pleasant tea
Add fresh leaves to a salad with peppers, cucumber, onion and yogurt
Flavouring in tomato sauces
Flavouring in omelettes
Sage infusion using fresh or dried sage. Simply pour boiling water over a heaped soup spoon of dried sage, or a dozen fresh sage leaves and leave for 5 minutes, strain and enjoy. You can sweeten with a little honey or add a tiny squeeze of lemon juice for flavour.
Here are a couple of links to recipes using sage.
Roast Pumpkin with Sage
Pumpkin and Sage Pasta
Like all herbs, excessive use of sage may cause toxic effects.
Information source: http://enallaktikidrasi.com/2016/04/faskomilo-idiotites-xrisi/