Is sage plant a herb for food or for medicine? Well, like most herbs that you know, it’s both. And it has numerous healing powers that I'd like to share with you all. Let's find out about sage uses and benefits.
Sage, also called as Salvia in Latin which means "healing plant" has amazing impact on your health.
Listed below are 9 health benefits of sage:
Quickie: Sage is an aromatic perennial evergreen sub-shrub. Native to the Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern region. But now found almost all over. It belongs to the Salvia genus of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Where herbs such as herbs rosemary, thyme, basil and oregano also belong to. Salvia officinalis or garden sage has greyish-green leaves, woody stems and purplish-blue flowers.
Sage uses and benefits are many. Let us see what gives it healing properties. Sage contains multiple phytochemical compounds such as flavonoids, terpenoids and essential oil with medicinal properties. Its chief health-protective compounds include rosemarinic acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, ellagic acid and rutin. They help protect your heart and liver too. In short, sage is anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, neuro-protective and many more.
Studies reveal that sage is a remarkable plant with rich array of nutrients and phytochemical compounds.
You can check out this table below which reveals nutrients every 100 grams of sage carries, according to USDA sources.
|Dietary Fibre||40.3 grams|
Sage also contains copper, Vitamins A, B6, C, E and K. 1 teaspoon (7 grams) of sage powder is able to supply the reference daily intake (RDI) of 10% of Vitamin K, 1.1% each of Iron and Vitamin B6.
Yes, sage can be a choice condiment in your kitchen. You can use it to flavor food, drinks, and as an add-on to the aroma and taste. You could imagine roast poultry stuffing, pineapple salad, butter and oil, beans and nuts - and some sage.
You must be wondering, what does sage taste like? Its aroma and taste is intense, peppery and earthy, you only need to use small quantities of it in foods.
Research has confirmed that drinking 300 ml cup of sage tea twice daily is safe and beneficial. The drink improves lipid profile, increases antioxidant defenses and lymphocyte Hsp70 protein expression. It also lowers LDL or bad cholesterol and increases HDL or good cholesterol. (Source)
Are you not impressed with the many sage uses and benefits? There are more. After you've read the 9 health benefits of sage plant and how it can be a culinary delight, it only makes sense to include sage in your food or drink. Do keep in mind its intense aroma, so you don't have to use a lot.
Here a few ways of using sage:
Zizira operates from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, in the Northeast part of India – a region known for its verdant landscape, natural springs that irrigate fields, and unique herbs and spices. The climate in Meghalaya will be suited for sage.
Btw, over 80% of the population of our state depend on agriculture but struggle to market their produce. Zizira is striving to open markets for them.
To help them improve their livelihood Zizira is trying to guide them to grow high value herbs like Sage. We are experimenting with sage to see if it grows well in Meghalaya.
Do you have any examples of sage uses and benefits? Please share with us.