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.
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.
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.
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.
Bring 1 cup of water to boil in the casserole.
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.
Strain to remove the leaves and add honey or pine syrup and lemon to your liking.
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!
Just wash the stem with 4-5 leaves thoroughly and bring the water to boil.
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
Add sweetener of your choice, I like honey or brown sugar and lemon
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.
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。
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.