Sage is one of the most useful herbs out there. So useful, in fact, that you should include it in your own garden. While plenty include sage in recipes for that distinct aroma and flavor, it also has numerous medicinal properties that make it a must-have for some cultures.
For Culinary Use
Sage has a very distinct favor and scent that compliments plenty of dishes. It’s often used to season poultry and pork, or to add taste to stuffing. It’s very popular during Thanksgiving holidays in America. You can always smell the scent of sage when stuffing is cooking in the oven.
For Tea Lovers
Drinking sage tea is very soothing while waking up the senses. Just boil the freshly picked leaves and allow them to steep for a couple of minutes. You’ll be drinking a flavorful home-made cup of sage tea in no time!
For Sore Throats
Drink sage tea with a teaspoon or two of honey can help calm a sore throat. It can even down the swelling of tonsillitis and give you your voice back. If your throat is itchy, you can also use sage essential oil and rub it on your throat for a soothing effect.
For Insect Bites
Got an itchy insect bite you just won’t scratch? Sage will help with that! Get a few leaves, mash them a bit, and apply to the itchy area. It will soothe your problem almost instantly and you will notice the swelling will start to subside within a few minutes.
For Other Purposes
Sage also helps stop flow of milk with women, acts as a laxative when combined with specific other herbs, and helps relieve athlete’s foot. It can even help improve memory and stabilize cholesterol levels!
Despite being a perennial herb, it grows fully right around spring, giving you a fresh batch to add to all your warm springtime dishes. It grows wild in areas around southern Europe and along the Mediterranean but you can just as easily plant it in your own herb garden.