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Sage May 8, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 7:33 pm

 

 

Sage is an herb that is most commonly used as an infusion, extract, tincture, poultice and spice. The oil from sage can be used as a carminative or a stimulant.

 

Sage tea benefits have been well-known in much of the Mediterranean and Asia, though awareness to these have been slowly creeping in America and the rest of the world.

 

Medicinally, sage tea has traditionally been used for inflammations of the mouth, throat and tonsils, as its volatile oils soothe the mucous membranes.

 

The infusion made strong, without the lemons and sugar, can also be used as a lotion for ulcers and to heal raw abrasions of the skin. It has also been popularly used as an application to the scalp, to darken the hair.

 

‘The fresh leaves, rubbed on the teeth, will cleanse them and strengthen the gums. Sage is a common ingredient in tooth-powders.

 

Among the other health benefits that are believed to be derived from Sage tea or infusion of Sage include the following:

 

Sage tea is a remedy in the delirium of fevers and in the nervous excitement frequently accompanying brain and nervous diseases;

Sage tea is considered a stimulant tonic in debility of the stomach and nervous system and weakness of digestion generally;

Sage tea is considered a useful medicine in typhoid fever;

Sage tea is considered an agent in fighting liver and kidney troubles;

Sage tea combats hemorrhage from the lungs or stomach;

Sage tea is used to fight colds, sore throat and quinsy and measles;

Sage tea can be used for pains in the joints, lethargy and palsy;

Sage tea can be used as medication for sore throat, mouth sores and mouth ulcers;

Sage tea can also help check excessive perspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

Sage Tea can be made simply by the following steps:

 

Step 1: Prepare 2tsp (about 5g) dry sage leaves and stalks.

Step 2: Pour boiling hot water over the mix and wash it for about 10 seconds.

Step 3: Please the clean leaves and stalks into a teapot with cold water.

Step 4: Brew it for about 10 minutes.

Step 5: Strain and enjoy!

 

 

The result is a pleasant drink, cooling in fevers, and also a cleanser and purifier of the blood.

 

 

 

 

 

Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

 

Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

 

 

The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

 

That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

 

However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.

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