Sage is a herb native to the Mediterranean, belonging to the Lamiaceae (the mint) family along with other herbs, such as oregano, lavender, rosemary, thyme, and basil.
The herb has gray leaves up to 2.5 in long (6.4 cm) and flowers that are usually blue, purple, white or pink. Because of its unique pleasant aroma sage is often used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Sage was one of the ingredients of Four Thieves Vinegar – a mix of herbs which was made to prevent the plague.
Some important benefits of this wonder herbs are:-
Nutritious – sage is rich in antioxidants (apigenin, diosmetin, and luteolin) and important nutrients, such as vitamin K. In fact, sage has been considered somewhat of a panacea (solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases) throughout history because of its wide range of uses in cooking and medicine.
Treating Alzheimer’s disease – taking sage may help improve memory and information processing among people who suffer from mild Alzheimer’s disease.
Improving memory – A 50 microl dose of sage essential oil significantly improved immediate word recall in a study of more than twenty people.
Anti-inflammatory – researchers at the University of Vienna, Austria published a study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology suggesting that Salvia officinalis has important anti-inflammatory properties.. The team had been investigating the properties of herbs used in traditional Austrian medicine.
Helps diabetes type 2 patients – a team at the Research Institute of Medicinal Plants in Iran found that “Salvia officinalis leaf extract has anti-hyperglycemic and lipid profile improving effects in hyperlipidemic type 2 diabetic patients.” In other words, sage is good at lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels in patients with diabetes type 2.