Sage tea is an aromatic tea made from the leaves of sage plant. Since olden times sage is a very well-known herb. It was used for different purposes, and its healing properties can be seen from its name Salvia officinalis – Labiatae which means to be saved. Sage is extremely healthy and apart for tea it is used as a spice, for making honey and other. A lot of research is done today in which the healing properties of this extremely healthy plant are proved, and new healing properties are discovered.
Healing properties – of sage tea
In the past sage was known as a very healthy herb and many nations used it for various purposes. Today sage gets increasing importance in the tea world, particularly because of its healing properties. A lot of research is done in order to prove its old and discover its new healing properties.
Healing properties of sage tea:
- good for inflammation of urinary tract,
- good for sore throat,
- good for inflammation of tonsils,
- good for inflammation of pharynx,
- good for inflammation of gums,
- it purifies blood,
- it clears respiratory tract (clears out the mucus from respiratory tract),
- it relaxes the muscles
- it is extremely good for bacterial and fungal infections,
- it helps with a flu,
- it helps with Alzheimer’s disease
- it improves memory,
- it helps with cancer,
- it helps with preventing a stroke,
- it helps with rheumatism,
- it helps with damaged liver,
- it helps with excessive sweating (night sweating),
- it helps with laryngeal disease,
- it helps with treating nervousness, irritability and dizziness,
- it decreases digestion problems,
- it improves appetite,
- it revives nerves,
- it removes inflammation and bleeding of gums,
- it is a good nutrition spice,
- it strengthens immune system of entire organism.
Preparation – of sage tea
A classic way of preparing sage tea
- Boil the water.
- Put one tea spoon or 1 filter bag in a cup (if the packaging says different follow the instructions).
- Pour 0.2 liters of boiled water over the filter.
- Leave the tea for 5-10 minutes depending on your taste.
- After this you can start drinking this extremely well known, tasty and above all healing tea.
Treatment for pain and stomach cramps
- Boil 1 liter of water.
- Pour this water over 10 grams of floral branch of sage.
Remedy for mouth washing of gums and mouth
- Boil ½ liters of water.
- Pour boiled water over 3 large spoons of leaves.
- Cover it and leave during the night, and strain it in the morning.
Do not overextend the drinking of this tea. It is recommended to exchange periods of drinking it with periods of discontinuing. Also, in the essential sage oil there are ingredients that can cause unwanted effects at some people, so if you have any symptoms stop drinking sage tea.
Additives to the prepared – sage tea
The same as for other teas, for this tea it is recommended no to „spoil“ the taste of the real tea with any additives. The real sage tea taste is felt if the tea is drunk without additives.
However, if you do not like the taste of sage tea at all, you can add some lemon or sweetener to the tea, thus improving the taste.
Packaging – of sage tea
In sales it is found in the form of a tea; in filter bags, in leaves, while the sage supplements can be found in the form of pills and different capsules. There are also various sage extracts.
Preservation – of sage tea
Preservation of tea is very important in order for it to keep its healing properties and taste. Sage tea should be kept in cold, dry and dark place without humidity, and in a well closed packaging so that there is no big contact with air.
For this purpose it is recommended to use containers made of glass or porcelain, or brass boxes. Fresh leaves are kept in refrigerator.
Breeding and picking – of sage tea
Sage mostly grows in Mediterranean parts, but today it is widely spread in continental areas as well.
It can also be bred. It is easiest to grow it by seed. Sage responds well to warm climate, with a little less moisture, and it does not grow well in frost and cold, so it is necessary to protect it in the winter. It is most preferred to plant seeds in late spring or early summer.
Sage is a compact, ramified shrub which is 30-60 cm tall. It has a multi-year, woody, squared, and a hairy stem. Leaves are hairy (which is why it is silvery white), and heart-shaped. At the top of the stems there are vertebrae that form the dark blue – purple flowers.
Sage leaves are best collected at the time of its flowering in May and July. After picking the leaves should be taken in a dry, airy place without the sun in order for them to dry. Since only the leaves are picked, the plant can be regenerated from the roots.
Processing and classification – of sage tea
Since sage thrives in many countries of the world, today we have around 500 species of sage. Some of them are: sticky (S. glutinosa), meadow (S. pratensis), Austrian, Ethiopian, American – which are used as decoration in gardens.
Processing the sage consists in the fact that after picking the leaves carried on a dry, airy place without the sun in order for them to dry. Leaves are dried for several days at a temperature of 20 ˚C.
Origin and history – of sage tea
Sage is a Mediterranean plant and it was very widespread in this area, but today it wins the world for its exceptional healing properties. Also, the ancient people believed that the sage is associated with longevity and it was used in treating various diseases, and to drive out the spirits.
The history of sage goes back to Egypt where it was used in embalming, and as a fertility drug. Europe got familiar with the healing properties of sage by Romans who found out about the healing properties of plants from the Egyptians. The Romans called sage salvia and it was used as a diuretic. Greeks and Chinese also appreciated the sage very much. Sage tea has been used in Crete 1600 years before Christ as a remedy for sore throat.
With the development of medicine and the weakening of traditional medicine sage was forgotten for some time, but today sage is gaining in popularity because of its exceptional healing properties.
Sage honeySage honey is a very good way to consume something extremely healthy made from sage during the winter. Sage honey is made from the flowers of sage plants, and it is collected from mid-May to June. The taste (sweet) and the smell of honey are excellent. It is very good with various ailments of the respiratory tract (it cleans mucus from the respiratory tract), and for purification of the blood. The color of this honey is yellow with slightly greenish color.
Sage – spice
Fresh sage leaves are also used in cooking as a spice. Sage has aromatic and slightly bitter taste. It is used as a topping for pasta and pizza, as the addition to veal, lamb, venison, pork, omelet and fish.
Sage contains potassium, calcium, sodium, about 2.5% of essential fragrant oils in which there is cineol (responsible for enabling the plant to withstand high temperatures because it prevents evaporation of water).