Sage for wisdom and mental clarity

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the herb that comes to my mind is sage. Stuffing is not the same without it. And, if you wait until the day before Thanksgiving to shop for sage--good luck finding it! It’s in high demand this month.

I like to chop up fresh sage and mix it with butter, garlic and other herbs like thyme and oregano. Then, I rub it under the skin of my Thanksgiving turkey.

Sage is versatile in the kitchen, paring well not only with poultry and stuffing, but also with beef, pork, sausage, eggs, cheese, butternut squash, apples, and citrus. Other recommended parings with sage are asparagus, beans, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, corn,eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes and turnips!

Eating all of that sage should make you a little wiser too! In 1597, herbalist John Gerard wrote that sage was "singularly good for the head and quickeneth the nerves and memory.” Research on sage was conducted at the Medicinal Plant Research Center in England in 2003. Those who regularly took sage oil pills had much better word recall than those who did not.

These researchers believe sage could be useful in treating Alzheimer’s too! Sage contains a compound that is a natural acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Acetylcholinesterase is an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine. Simply speaking, those with Alzheimer’s are deficient in the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. By inhibiting the enzyme that breaks it down, levels can remain higher. Alzheimer’s patients are sometimes treated with drugs that do the same thing sage does naturally.

Sage has been used for thousands of years for many other ailments too. Its primary uses are to treat sore throats, typhoid fever, diarrhea, asthma, dental abscesses, mouth sores, digestion, nerves, muscle and joint pain, excessive perspiration and hot flashes in menopausal women. Sage oil is also effective against E. coli, salmonella and staph infections. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, but that’s not all! Sage is a good source of vitamin A and calcium and has been used as a beauty aid to produce clear skin and as a hair rinse to reduce hair loss and darken the color.

Sage is primarily used as a tea, but extracts and essential oils can also be used. Check out these websites for more ways to use sage:|2631|2626|2627|2629|2633|2638|2641|2888|6543

Resources for this article, in addition to the above:

Grieve, A Modern Herbal (©1931)

Tierra, The Way of Herbs (©1980)

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