Sage: Health Wisdom of the Ages
Sage is known for so many benefits it would be hard to cover them all in one blog; however we’ll delve into a few here. I use sage in blending herbals because of its anti-inflammatory properties, its ability to affect the endocrine system, cleanse the blood, and provide powerful antioxidants.
One of our house blends called Nv Wa Do He Ya Da was created with a Pamunky Shaman for his wife. The blend has a Shri Lankan black tea with wild blackberry, our Ti Kuan Yin Oolong, ginger, hibiscus and sage. We have had several ladies remark on how Nv Wa Do Ha Ya Da helps relieve their night sweats and hot flashes. We have also had men say it raised their testosterone levels. Personally I just love the diversity of flavor notes that change as the temperature of the tea does.
Another house blend is our Wild Blackberry Shaman. Notes of dark, wild blackberries with malvo flowers, and sage. Wild Blackberry Shaman has a smooth flavor while also potentially being a blood cleanser and toner due to the sage. Sage also is warming to the blood as well making it a great tea for a cold day.
Sage is known to be an androgenic precursor in other countries and is often used for its ability to potentially help balance hormone levels. Femiginitea, one of our WellTEAing herbals created to address the easing and regulating of menstrual cycles, is comprised of rooibos and honeybush, raspberry leaf, and sage.
Sage contains one of the top antioxidants; studies have shown it may provide protection from degenerative diseases due to this antioxidant. Degenerative diseases include diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, prostatitis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s for example. Sage also contains rosmarinic acid which is a very powerful anti-inflammatory compound which may make it useful for rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, asthma, and atherosclerosis. Sage has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties which may be helpful in fighting infections. Sage also aids in the digestion of fatty and hard to digest foods, as well as helping enhance attention span, concentration and focus. Although note none of the above is recognized by the FDA.
Sage, like all herbs, can have many different benefits and uses. It is all in how one herb is combined with another of similar traits and constituents. The beauty of herbs is that you can blend them into your favorite tea and enjoy a lifestyle that promotes health!