Sage is a well-known culinary herb that imparts depth and complexity to sauces and stuffings. But it also has medicinal benefits as well. From sore throats to asthma, find out more about the conditions sage may help to relieve.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) is an herb known for both its culinary and medicinal uses. A good source of vitamin K, sage has known anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and has been used to help relieve:
1. Sore throats (try drinking sage tea).
2. Respiratory problems, including bronchitis, congestion and sinusitis, when used in a steam inhaler.
3. Excessive perspiration - herbalists commonly recommend sage for menopausal women troubled with night sweats.
4. Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis.
5. Cognitive issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression.
So why not add sage to your next meal? It provides a subtle, savory flavor that works as a seasoning in sauces, stuffings and marinades. It is available fresh or dried, but fresh is the better choice when it comes to cooking for the most appealing flavor – it is also a fairly hearty herb and can be grown indoors during colder months.
Try the Miso Pate recipe, which uses sage!