This year I was delighted to start heirloom sage in my garden. The original 'mother' plant grows on a nearby Amish farm that has been in my friend's family for many generations. During the spring when new sage plants sprouted in her garden, she happily uprooted one and gave it to me.
The Amish use sage leaves to soothe canker and gum sores, and to make a Sage Tea for 'woman's problems'. Just yesterday when I stopped by to see my friend she was chewing a leaf to soothe her toothache. I did not ask her to expound on it's healing properties but did some research of my own to discover that Sage Tea is very helpful in soothing pain, regulating periods, and alleviating hot flashes and excessive sweating during menopause.
I also learned that Sage, like Rosemary, is thought to improve memory and brain function. It is currently being tested for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. A recent study has indicated that both attention speed and word recall improved in patients after using Sage oil.
For me, memory improvement is reason enough to drink an occasional cup of Sage Tea....especially when it is easy to make and pleasant to drink. Here is the recipe.
5 fresh sage leaves (1 teaspoon minced dried leaves)
Mint leaves & Honey (optional)
2 cups boiling water
Pour boiling water over leaves
Cover and steep for 15 minutes (Do not boil leaves)
Strain & enjoy
Drink 1 to 2 cups per day.
Caution: Avoid using Sage Tea medicinally if you're pregnant or nursing.
Cultivating an herb garden is one of the most healthful activities to engage in. Just strolling the grounds and harvesting a handful of fresh mint or sage leaves for a cup of evening tea is pleasant to the senses and a most rewarding endeavor in itself.
Join me for a cup of tea sometime,