Benefits of Sage
Sage is a Latin word that means ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œ’to heal” and is popularly used to treat a wide range of diseases. Sage belongs to the mint family and research has shown that it can be used to treat moderate to mild Alzheimer’s disease. Sage is also believed to have astringent and antiseptic properties as well, therefore can be used to treat many diseases.
1. Aids in digestion
Sage contains volatile oils that help prevent digestive disorders such as acid reflux, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. These oils both stimulate your appetite and improve your digestion. Moreover, they prevent flatulence, indigestion, colitis, colic, and nausea.
2. Treats menopausal disorders
It has estrogenic properties which are beneficial for treating common menopausal problems, including hot flashes and night sweats. Since sage help to stimulate the uterus, it is popularly used to expel the placenta during childbirth. Moreover, its estrogenic effects are believed to reduce pain during menstruation (dysmenorrhea) but research is still ongoing.
3. Boosts immune system
Sage generally improves function of the immune system, providing protection against viral infections and diseases. It also has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as anti-inflammation effects.
4. Aromatherapy effects
It is widely used in therapeutic massage due to its aromatherapy properties. Applied externally, sage stimulates blood distribution throughout the body. Additionally, sage oil helps to counter nervousness, fatigue, menstrual difficulties and bronchitis.
5. Astringent effects
It also contains astringent properties, according to recent studies. When applied externally, sage stimulates circulation of blood. These properties make it effective for treating bleeding gums and tonsillitis.
Sage is popularly used to season poultry soups, stews, gravies and pickles. Since it also aids in digestion, you should use it when cooking sausages, duck, pork and other fatty meats. Moreover, sage is used when preparing tomato recipes and omelets.
Although research is still ongoing to determine whether consumption of sage is safe to one’s health, ensure that you moderate your intake to avoid health complications.