05 Mar Herbal Spotlight: Sage Leaf
Sage Leaf or Salvia officinalis is a common household culinary herb used throughout many cultures across the globe. It has also been a common herb used in many ancient herbalism practices. Sage Leaf is closely related to Rosemary and they are often considered “sister herbs.” Sage is an evergreen shrub with woody stems and blue-purple flowers found in the Mediterranean region.
The oldest known records of the healing properties of Sage Leaf take us back more than 4000 years. Ancient Egyptians mostly used it as a remedy for infertility while the Romans considered it to be holy plant and before picking it they would perform a certain ceremony. They used a special knife that was not made of iron not to react with the healing properties of the Sage. Those harvesting the revered plant had to wear clean clothes and have clean feet, and before they start harvesting they made an offering.
Benefits of Sage Leaf
- Contains over 160 distinct polyphenols, plant-based chemical compounds that act as antioxidants in the body, which help to defend cells from damage caused by free radicals.
- It is a highly nutritious herb that contains magnesium, zinc, copper, and vitamins A, C, E, and 10% of your daily requirements of vitamin K.
- Contains chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid, ellagic acid and rutin— all of which help to reduce the risk of cancer, improve brain function and boost memory.
- Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and is beneficial in lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol and raising “good” HDL cholesterol.
- Expectorant qualities help to expel mucus in the respiratory tract.
- Beneficial in reducing plaque and boosting oral health.