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Sat May 2, 2020, 05:34 PM

Some "Sage" advice

Iíve been spending a lot of my lock down time on the patio. I have a small assortment of herbs and some lettuce growing in containers.

One herb is Sage

I plucked a leaf today and studied it because it looks much different than most flat leaves. I then googled the cell structure of a sage leaf and came upon some very interesting benefits of this plant.

Taken internally (such as a tea) the leaves provide quite a few healthful benefits:

Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Medicinal Property of Sage (Salvia) to Prevent and Cure Illnesses such as Obesity, Diabetes, Depression, Dementia, Lupus, Autism, Heart Disease, and Cancer

Mohsen Hamidpour, Rafie Hamidpour, [...], and Mina Shahlari


For a long time, sage (Salvia) species have been used in traditional medicine for the relief of pain, protecting the body against oxidative stress, free radical damages, angiogenesis, inflammation, bacterial and virus infection, etc., Several studies suggest that sage species can be considered for drug development because of their reported pharmacology and therapeutic activities in many countries of Asia and Middle East, especially China and India. These studies suggest that Salvia species, in addition to treating minor common illnesses, might potentially provide novel natural treatments for the relief or cure of many serious and life-threatening diseases such as depression, dementia, obesity, diabetes, lupus, heart disease, and cancer. This article presents a comprehensive analysis of the botanical, chemical, and pharmacological aspects of sage...more at link.


Smudging (burning sage leaves) also has reported benefits:


Sage leaf tea steeping now. Cheers!

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Response to Wawannabe (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2020, 05:48 PM

1. We steep it with black tea and add honey.

We snip some sage and let it dry for use later. If we run out, there is a nice Middle Eastern grocer we've gone to for years that stocks whole sage. Whole cardamom and lots of other spices, too.

We moved to the opposite end of the city when we got married, but still head up there from time to time.

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Sat May 2, 2020, 06:09 PM

2. We grow tons of salvia. Sage, broadleaf sage, plus ornamentals like pineapple sage and black

and blue salvia. I love the flavor it gives to a lot of dishes, but many people think it's too strong, so I'm careful with what I use for seasonings. Our garden sage and broadleaf sage are not like the western sagebrush that is used for smudging, but I'm wondering if I could make smudge bundles out of what I have?

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Sat May 2, 2020, 08:20 PM

3. Fried sage leaves are a nice garnish

for risottos and squash dishes. You can salt them and eat them like potato chips - or kale chips. IMHO it's a must - along with onions - for cornbread stuffing on Thanksgiving.

If you live in a mild climate, though, sage can take over the garden.

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