Composition of Sage
Don’t let the name of “common” sage or garden sage fool you; this perennial woody herb is anything but normal or average when it comes to its impact on human health. Scientifically known as Salvia officinalis, sage is closely related to rosemary, and they are often considered “sister herbs”. In fact, many of sage’s health benefits are derived from rosmarinic acid, the organic compound found in rosemary that makes it so powerful. The traditional use of sage in medicine is well-documented and stretches back thousands of years.
Health benefits of Sage
Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn.
Ginseng has anti-diabetic properties and is commonly used by the Chinese in the prevention and treatment of the type 2 diabetes.Studies have found ginseng to significantly reduce insulin resistance and improve glucose control.Other studies suggest that ginseng prevents diabetes-related complications including retinal and cardiac functional changes by reducing stress.
Sage is the source of the many benefits for common respiratory and lung ailments. Sage is a traditional treatment for coughs and sore throats.
Sage has antioxidants that help reverse signs of aging, like wrinkles and skin discoloration. These antioxidants provide your body with natural protection against free radicals that damage skin cells, causing aging.
Aptly named for the cause, sage seems to improve memory. Studies indicate that essential oils and extracts of sage block the activity of an enzyme that degrades a neurotransmitter involved in many brain functions, including learning, memory, and attention.
History of Sage
In the 800s AD, Charlemagne issued a decree that every farm on crown lands must grow sage “…for the benefit of the nation.” No doubt this French emperor was thinking of the popular medieval saying, “Why should a man die when sage grows in his garden?” Sage has been regarded as an invaluable tool for traditional healers around the globe for centuries. This herb battles infection on all fronts. It is potent medicine against the three main sources of disease: bacteria, viruses and fungi.