An organic superfood native to the Mediterranean and the Balkan region, sage has been used for at least 2000 years not only to give flavor to food but more importantly in treating a wide range of illnesses.
Ancient Egyptians used it to treat infertility. The Greeks and the Romans used it to preserve meat. The considerable healing power has made this incredible organic superfood into the official Roman pharmacopeia. And due to sage’s medicinal reputation, King Charlemagne in 812 AD had it planted on his German imperial farm.
An evergreen organic superfood that belongs to the family of lamiaceae, Sage is a bush type plant that thrives well in warm climates and areas that gives enough sunlight. The woody stem can grow to a height of 2 feet and produces greyish green oblong shaped leaves with beautiful flower that comes in purple, pink, and white colors. It gives out a very wonderful savory and peppery taste.
Sage is one organic superfood that houses an excellent amount of essential nutrients that includes Vitamin A, C, D, B6, and minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron as well as potassium and sodium with zero cholesterol. Sage oils are both antiseptic and antibiotic that makes it very effective in treating infections, particularly those occurring in the eyes, ears, nose, throat, genitals and the intestine. Its antifungal qualities can rid you of skin diseases like dermatitis and athlete’s foot. It is one of the best sources of antioxidant to help clear up your metabolism and eliminate environmental toxins such as pesticides and smoke from your body. It is likewise great against symptom of menopause and hot flashes because of its estrogenic properties. Sage also contains tannins that help treat excessive perspiration.
When taken as tea, it can relieve colds and flu symptoms and bronchitis. It also can enhance your alertness and boost your overall mood. Besides its effectiveness in taking away dizziness, sage is also used in treating tonsillitis, laryngitis, sore throat, measles and joint pains. Such are the ideal health and healing benefits you can get from this organic superfood.
Sage is safe when taken in food quantity. It can also be applied to skin for a short term period of 4 months. This herb contains a chemical called thujone that can cause seizure, liver and nervous system damage when taken in large quantity and long duration as a medication. It is to be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as individuals with high or low blood pressure, hormone sensitive conditions and seizure disorder.
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