Sage is an incredible herb that is often overlooked for its medicinal value in the herbalist community. That’s a shame because it helps heal a lot of issues that we don’t often see in other medicinal herbs!
Inflammation in the Mouth and Throat
There is a part of the sage plant that,like many of the other medicinal herbs around, helps with relaxing our mucous membranes in order to fight flus and colds. Its natural anti-inflammatory attributes make it a great ingredient for a mouthwash or a gargle.
Sage has a natural astringent and antiseptic property making it a great choice if you are fighting a sore throat, tonsillitis or laryngitis. Some have even used it to treat canker sores and sore gums.
Sage’s less common medicinal attributes
Sage also has a vast array of things it assists with all over the body. Most of these things involve releasing excess fluid. Sage helps with calming excessive saliva production such as for people with Parkinson’s. It’s drying effects don’t stop there. Sage can help men with “night emissions” and premature ejaculations. It will also help hormones to regulate menstruation.
It’s important to note that because it can be so drying, women who are nursing are recommended to keep their safe use to less than one cup of tea a day since it will dry up their supply. The good news is that women have long used sage to help wean their toddlers, so sage is still helpful just at a later stage in the process.
Another common but less known use for sage is in reducing sweating. Sage can help with night sweats or even hot flashes and is often an ingredient in natural deodorants.
Digestion and the liver
Sage is also an incredible digestive aid to help our more carnivorous friends to process rich and fatty meat. It also will help lower your cholesterol and aid in liver function. If you or someone you know is exhausted after a long term illness, you can start using sage in order to help increase strength and to rebuild vitality.
Healthy Sage Pesto
This is a great recipe for a super healthy and healing herb paste. Sage dominates the flavor of this strong, pungent pesto. You can always use less sage if you find it to be too overpowering. Of course, if you have gathered some wilder herbs such as dandelion greens, plantain, and chickweed, add those as well for some great healing nutrients.
- ½ cup of fresh cilantro leaves
- ½ cup of fresh parsley leaves
- ¼-½ cup of fresh sage leaves
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- ¾-1 cup of olive oil
- ¼-½ cup of sunflower seeds (or walnuts, pine nuts, etc.)
- ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan, pecorino, romano cheese, or vegan cheese (the cheese is optional)
- Freshly ground black pepper and salt or dulse flakes
How to make said pesto
You will first want to combine the all of your herbs, garlic, and olive oil into a blender or food processor and pulse your ingredients until creamy. Mix in the sunflower seeds, cheese (if you chose to use any), and salt and pepper to taste.
How to use
You can serve this delicious sauce over crackers or toast, pasta, steamed grains, vegetables, or even omelets!
This delicious pesto is a great way to get sage into your regular diet and start taking advantage of the amazing benefits. We would love to know if you have come up with or come across any other amazing ways to incorporate sage into your diet, in the comments below.
Sources: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, pgs.