Sage has an extensive history as a medicinal herb. It was used by the ancient Egyptians to improve fertility, and in the first century CE, Dioscorides, a Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist reported that the aqueous decoction of sage can help stop the bleeding of wounds and clean sores or ulcers. He also used sage juice in warm water to treat coughs and hoarseness.
How to Grow Sage
If you want to use sage for health or any other reasons, you can cultivate it at home using indoor containers or grow it in your backyard. Take note that the best time to plant sage is in spring. Here is a step-by-step guide from oneHowto if you want to try growing sage
- Purchase sage seeds or seedlings, which are available at garden stores.
- Find a container or area in your garden, but remember that the plant will need adequate sunshine.
- Use rich organic soil that is well-drained since water accumulation can cause the roots to rot, killing the plant.
- Make small holes in the soil of your container or garden and put the seeds or seedlings in.
- While the plant is still small, make sure to keep the soil moist. Once it grows, you should only water it when the soil becomes dry.
- Remember to collect sage before it blooms. Cut the branches then hang them upside down in a cool, well-ventilated area where they can’t be reached by sunlight. This will dry up the leaves, which you can store in a glass jar.
Benefits of Sage
1) Helps relieve Alzheimer’s disease symptoms
Compared to the placebo group, those who were given sage extract showed an improvement in cognition, and they also presented less agitation. Some studies have even shown that sage can help boost memory in young and healthy adults.
2) Assists in lowering cholesterol and blood glucose
A research published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine showed that participants given sage leaf extract had lower fasting glucose, HbA1c, total cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol), but higher HDL (good cholesterol) after three months of treatment.
3) Alleviates menopausal symptoms
In a 2011 study, researchers Bommer, Klein and Suter reported that taking fresh sage leaf tablets significantly decreased hot flash symptoms in half of the participant after just four weeks.
4) Improved brain functioning
Sage is also great for your brain. One study found that sage can significantly and immediately improve cognitive functioning in young, healthy adults.
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