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Sage tea is a potent herbal infusion packed with valuable substances that ease a sore throat, may improve mood or memory. Topically it may heal the wounds or enhance the skin and hair.

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of sage? Herb? Spice? Medicine? 

Well, Sage has it all. 

This medicinal and culinary herb has a rich history of uses throughout the ages. Native to the Mediterranean region, sage has been prized by both herbalists and cooks. 

how to make sage tea from fresh

Sage tea has been brewed and used as a stimulating tonic for centuries. Although Romans used sage for better digestion Greeks used sage decoction for wound healing and sore throat.

Considered a pleasant and healthful drink In medieval Europe salvia tea was thought to strengthen memory and wisdom. In the 17th century, Dutch traders convinced the Chinese to exchange 4 pounds of Chinese tea for just one pound of sage tea.

According to ancient herbalists, people will never grow old when they drink sage tea. 

If you have some extra sage leaves, you don’t want to miss this sage butter sauce.

What is sage tea?

Sage tea is a caffeine-free herbal drink made from an infusion of hot water with sage leaves, known also as common sage, garden sage or in Latin Salvia officinalis. This aromatic infusion is not only tasty, but it also has many health benefits that have been recognized by people since ancient times.

Sage tea benefits

Sage tea is packed with vitamin K, minerals (zinc, magnesium, copper, and iron) as well as flavonoids and volatile oils.

Known for its antibacterial property, salvia tea can help with oral issues such as plaque build-up and wound healing when applied topically. Its anti-inflammatory power can ease inflammation of gums. Gargling sage infusion helps with mouth wound healing or sore throat. Similarly sore throat relief provides thyme tea.

Sage tea contains camphor that is responsible for cell growth and contributes to slowing the signs of aging as well as the formation of wrinkles.

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For hair

The healing and conditioning properties of salvia tea help soothe irritation, prevent dandruff, and at the same time cleanse the scalp from greasy feelings caused by excessive oil.

Sage tea for women health

Sage contains compounds that have similar properties to estrogen and can therefore help during menopause caused by estrogen decline. In this study, daily use of salvia tea significantly reduced the number of hot flashes and excessive sweating over the period of eight weeks.

May improve brain function, memory and mood

The presence of acetylcholine, as well as antioxidants,smay help to improve memory, problem-solving, and other cognitive abilities.

In a study with 135 adults, researchers found that simply smelling the aroma of this herb boost memory and mood, compared with a control group.

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Sage tea for better digestion

As its bitter and pungent taste suggests, salvia tea eases painful gas and eases digestion. It helps people that have difficulty digesting fatty food.

How to make sage tea from dried sage?

Drying concentrates the flavor and can give the herb a slightly bitter taste. Therefore, when making an infusion from dried sage, use less than when you make it from fresh sage.

You can either dry your own sage or purchase dried sage online. Always use trusted sources that sell herbs in high organic quality such as Mountain rose herbs. 

To make one cup of potent tea use approximately 1 teaspoon (4 grams) of dried sage. 

First step

Bring 1 cup of water to boil in the casserole.

Second step

Place 1 teaspoon of dried sage directly  into a mug or use tea ball infuser.Pour freshly boiled water over and let it steep for 15 minutes. The longer you leave it, the stronger tea you will get. 

Third step

Strain to remove the leaves and add honey or pine syrup and lemon to your liking.

how to make sage tea

How to make sage tea from fresh leaves

If you happen to have fresh sage leaves at your hand, you can use them too even with the stem!

First step

Just wash the stem with 4-5 leaves thoroughly and bring the water to boil. 

Second step

Place them in a mug and pour over the boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes before removing the leaves

You can also use the leaves chopped and use strainer to remove them from the mixture

Third step

Add sweetener of your choice, I like honey or brown sugar and lemon

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What Does Sage tea Taste Like?

Sage tea has a pungent bitter taste that is more intense when you use dried herb to prepare sage tea. The fresh version is more vibrant and lighter. Its earthy taste combines the scents and flavors of pine and citrus.

Can I drink sage tea every day?

Sage is generally considered safe to drink. However, large amounts of sage are contraindicated in pregnancy and during breastfeeding. Always consult with a healthcare practitioner if you have any concerns. Sage tea contains thujone, which is toxic in high doses. Avoid drinking large amounts of tea for a long period of time but it’s safe to drink a few mugs a day。

Can I make it ahead of time?

You can make it ahead of time, keep the sage tea in the fridge for another week. There are no preservatives added  to this infusion so I don’t recommend storing it longer than refrigerated

sage tea uses

1) as a warm drink

  • To ease a sore throat. combine with thyme and lemon to boost this action
  • To improve digestion – you can drink a tea before or after a meal or simply use sage as a spice within the meal
  • Improve blood circulation As a blood mover, sage can be used for people with poor circulation resulting in cold hands and feet
  • To improve cognitive function and can help prevent memory loss.
  • yarrow tea for menopause symptoms such as hot flashes or sweats

2) a gargle

The sage works similarly to sore throat spray for sore throat

mouth wound healing

3) Yarrow tea bath to heal wounds

combine it with St. John’s wort to boost the healing action. 

Apply this healing yarrow salve afterward for a perfect result.

4) as a mouthwash to ease oral issues such as plaque build

5) Facial steam to imrove complexion

Leave the sage tea covered to infuse for about 10 minutes, while preparing a blanket and a wooden spoon. Once you have uncovered the lid, mix it with a wooden spoon for more active substances to evaporate. Immediately cover with a blanket so that steam does not escape. Hold for as long as possible, at least 15-20 minutes. Inhale with frequent mixing. Excellent for relieving a stuffy nose and sinuses, as well as for the skin. 

6) hair rinse

Use it as a hair rinse with apple cider vinegar in the ratio 1:1  – spray and coat your hair and scalp well. Use your finger to distribute the rinse evenly and allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. Rinse your scalp and hair well with cold water. It soothes irritation, prevents dandruff, and at the same time cleanses the scalp.

To improve the regrowth naturally use this Rosemary hair rinse instead.

7) steam inhalation

Strong tea as a steam inhalation can help to break up mucus in the lungs and sinuses. 

sage tea taste
Yield: 1 cup

How to make Sage tea

sage tea benefits

Sage tea is a potent herbal infusion packed with valuable substances that ease a sore throat, may improve mood or memory. Topically, it may heal wounds or enhance the skin and hair.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  1. Place one tablespoon of fresh sage leaves or 1 teaspoon of dried sage leaves into a pot and pour over one cup of boiling water. 
  2. Let it steep for 15 minutes or longer to extract all medicinal properties of sage into this cup of tea.
  3. Strain to remove the leaves and add honey or pine syrup and lemon to your liking


Drying concentrates the flavor and can give the herb a slightly bitter taste. Therefore, when making tea from dried sage, use less than when you make it from fresh sage. Fresh sage tea is lighter a more vibrant whereas dried sage tea is more bitter and pungent.

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Wild tea from foraged herbs

Making wild teas from foraged herbs is an easy and affordable way to get the herbal properties into your body and enjoy a warm cup of tasty herbal tisane at the same time.

Red clover tea

Clover blossoms are known as the herb solving "woman problems". It contains isoflavones that have similar effects to estrogen. Therefore are used by herbalists to ease the most common menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. White clover blossoms are not as sweet and potent as red clover blossoms.  Choose the blossom before turning brown.

Wild rose tea

Wild rose tea is rich in natural antioxidants and vitamin C. Rose petals possess a soothing properties that are very useful for sensitive skin. I like to use this tea in various skin care products such as rose cream, toner or rose soap but it has a fruity taste that pleases your senses.

St. john wort tea

Made of leaves and blossoms of Hypericum perforatum this soothing St. John’s wort tea is a mild antidepressant that helps people with anxiety and mild depression. Its calming and relaxing properties may help people that suffer from sleeping disorders or nervousness 

Wild violet tea

The flowers and leaves of wild violet made an excellent tea that is packed with vitamins A & C and has anti-inflammatory properties. Wild violet tea encourages healing and soothes the digestive, respiratory and urinary tracts.

Dandelion root tea

In the old days, women used the infusion from dandelion root to wash their faces and their eyes in the belief that they will become more beautiful.

Nowadays, it makes a great herbal substitute for coffee.

Dandelion root tea plays an important role in a healthy gut.  Dandelion root contains Inulin that contributes to proper digestion. Its effects are mainly beneficial for people who have diabetes as the root stimulates the production of insulin from the pancreas and keeps blood sugar levels low.

Dandelion leaf tea

If you happen to have dandelion blossoms instead they are high in polyphenols and important in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Dandelion leaves, on the other hand, make for an excellent source of vitamin A, B6 and C as well as calcium, magnesium, iron, or potassium. They support good digestion a have also strong diuretic effect 

Nettle tea

You need to wear gloves as the nettle leaves sting. Once the needles have been treated with heat they will no longer sting you. Alternatively, let them dry out or dehydrate them to get rid of their stinging ability.

Stinging nettle is a favorite among herbalists, known for its pain relief actions as well as treatment of seasonal allergies and anemia. It makes a great immunity booster. 

Plantain tea

Plantain (Plantago lanceolata, Plantago major) - considered a panacea, plantain has many uses. It contains aucubin and tannins that are mucilages and help with respiratory diseases such as dry cough or asthma (1). in the past plantain has been used to treat lung tuberculosis. Although plantain is commonly seen as a weed, it makes a surprisingly delicious cup of nourishing tea. 

Wild chamomile

Wild Chamomile earned its name from the Greek kamaimelon, meaning "tiny apple", as the scent of fresh blossoms mimics apples. The chamomile tea is made of blossoms that have a pleasantly sweet and mild taste. It contains chemical compounds that may reduce inflammation and reduce the severity of menstrual cramps.

Researchers in this  2004 study found that chamomile tea may have anti-estrogenic effects and help promote bone density.

Vladka Merva on February 26th, 2022

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