Sage (salvia offcinalis) has many more uses other than making stuffing. I just planted some in my herb garden which inspired me to write a little about this useful plant. Even if you don't have a garden I'm sure you have a jar of dried sage in your spice rack.
Sage tea is wonderful treatment for a sore throat, menstrual complaints, nervousness and has even been used as a memory stimulant.
In fact, here's an old folk remedy recipe for a sage memory stimulant...
1. Combine 2 cups FRESH sage leaves with 4 cups of a good burgundy wine in a blender.
2. Blend on high speed for 5 minutes or until the sage is completely suspended in the burgundy.
3. Store in a corked bottle and take 1 teaspoon of this sage tonic in around 2/3's cup distilled water every day and you'll supposedly have a much improved memory. Let's see if I remember to try this later this summer when my garden sage has grown!
You can always simply make a tea by steeping a teaspoon of dried tea or a tablespoon of fresh sage leaves for about 10 minutes in hot water. Funny...I don't care for a strong sage flavor in my food but I actually enjoy sage tea now and then. Give it a try. I can verify the fact the it helps a sore throat.
This video describes the health benefits and spiritual uses of this wonderful herb by helenhealer.
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