Sage is an herb that has soft, gray-green leaves and grows as a shrub. This herb has many uses, from household to commercial production. It is also a great addition to any garden, since it has many varieties, from purple and tricolor sage to golden sage, and they are all easy to grow. It is good to have sage in the garden because that way the herb is always available for culinary or medicinal uses.
Culinary uses of sage
The plain sage with narrow leaves is the variety of sage that is mostly used for culinary purposes. Non-flowering varieties with broad leaf can be used too. Sage is a common addition to many Mediterranean dishes, especially Italian. It is mostly used for marinating meat, especially lamb, and fish, but also for vegetables, like eggplant, peas, lima beans and carrots. It is a perfect condiment for poultry, and it also goes well with cheese and it is a vital ingredient of English Sage Derby cheese.
Sage should be used sparingly because it has an intense aroma and flavor and it may override other dish ingredients. If too much of it is used, the dish may turn bitter. Sage goes well with other herbs too, especially rosemary, oregano and thyme.
Medicinal uses of sage Health benefits of sage are so numerous that it can easily be considered one of the healthiest herbs in the world. It can be used for virtually hundreds of ailments, from excessive sweating, liver disorders and skin problems to depression and nervous anxiety.
Sage can be used to cure jellyfish stings and spider bites and it also cures minor skin infections. It can be used to disinfect cuts, scrapes and small wounds and it also helps with acne.
Since sage contains natural estrogens, it is widely used in homeopathic remedies for blood circulation and menopause problems. It is also used to cure PMS, menstrual problems and abnormal menstrual flow.
This herb acts as a central nervous system stimulant and it can be used to treat varicose veins. It is also used to suppress persistent cough.
Sage has antibacterial properties and it is very effective against sore throat, tonsillitis and laryngitis. This herb also has antifungal properties, it is a hypoglycemic astringent and a great antispasmodic agent.
Sage leaves can be used as an all-natural mouth freshener and tooth cleanser.
This miraculous herb can be used in different forms, like freshly picked leaves, dried leaves, powder, leaves picked before or after flowering, and they sometimes have different purposes and even a different taste.