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Sage

 Sage has been used in the past and is still being used to create an environment of wellness in the body and the surrounding environment. In case you doubt the powers of this ancient herb on your mind and body, be assured that it has been scientifically proven, and research is still ongoing, on its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and relaxing properties. So far, sage has been found to have nothing but positive effects and a majority of beneficial organic compounds that are well-needed by you, me, him and her, by your entire body.


DRIED SAGE
As compared to freshly picked Mediterranean sage, the dried form has a higher better quality, since it has been cleaned and well-processed. In addition to this, it is quite aromatic with a nice piney flavor upon tasting.

Dried sage is available in three forms:
1. Whole-These are the dried sage leaves just exactly as they were picked
2. Ground-The dried whole leaves are crushed into fine powder making it highly concentrated
3. Rubbed-The brittle whole leaves are rubbed together to produce a light mix which is less concentrated than ground sage.

Mediterranean Sage
Belonging to the mint family and scientifically termed as the Lamiaceae,
Mediterranean sage is an insistent and ornamental plant that has occupied hundreds of
acres in the Boulder and Garfield area of Colorado.
Historically, it is a native of Africa, and as the name suggests, the
Mediterranean. This is why other references may refer to it as the
African sage. Mediterranean Dried Sage - Aelia Farms

Its leaves are large with a piquant fragrant and aromatic
smell. Protruding from these leaves are beautiful white flowers
that bring a showy airy feel to any field the plant has invaded.


A closer look at the flowers reveals what may look like "two lips
" that are both yellow and white in color. Given the fact that it is a
biennial plant, these flowers produce four little leaves that are quite smooth
with dark eminent veins.

Sometimes it may be
confused with the meadow sage, but the distinct difference between both
is that the latter has blue flowers, instead of the yellowish-white
color.
DRIED SAGE AND YOUR BODY
Ingesting Dried Mediterranean sage leaves isn't exactly a bubble gum experience, but it is, in every way, the most effectual form of obtaining the elements within the herb quickest. In addition to this, a hot brew of sage leaves has within it anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that heal the body from within.

1. DRIED SAGE AS AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

A frequent cup of steaming sage brew has been known to release inflammations and soreness in the respiratory tract. Even focusing on the adjacent gastrointestinal tract, sage has within it organic antioxidant compounds that boost metabolism and neutralize free radicals that invade the healthy cells of the body, causing diseases such as cancer.

On the subject of free radicals, the apigenin, rosmarinic and luteolin acid found in sage are the compounds that neutralize free radicals which are the most and common causes of many chronic and degenerative conditions such as arthritis.

Similarly, sage relieves inflammations related with the cardiovascular system due to excessive oxidation of the healthy cells.

2. IMMUNE BOOSTING
Yes, sage can boost your immune. Most people assume that pathogens make entry into the body through the orifices we have, but the skin is also covered in little numerous 'orifices' called pores.

A salve made of dried sage (that is a topical ointment), can be used to prevent bacterial infections of the skin. Similarly, the antimicrobial properties of sage inhibit viruses from making entry into the body through the skin.

3. HEALTHY SKIN
Frequent topical usage allows the user to experience healthier skin that is free from the bacteria and viruses that cause acne such as the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes (p. acnes).

Owing this to sage's antimicrobial properties, topical applications to affected areas can reduce the unattractive scars of psoriasis or eczema by relieving inflammations and soothing sore skin.

4. MANAGEMENT OF DIABETES
When it comes to the gradual treatment of diabetes, Mediterranean sage is widely known to manage the disease. The organic compounds of sage mimic the effects of the coming of age drugs that are normally prescribed for the management of diabetes.

According to research, sage has been found to regulate the levels of sugar in the body by inhibiting the excessive release of glucose in the liver subsequently normalizing sugar levels in the blood.

This timeless property of sage can effectively offset Type 2 diabetes if it is already apparent, or it can prevent its inception once and for all.

5. DIGESTION
Referring to its antioxidant compounds, especially rosmarinic acid, it effectively inhibits the onset of gastric spasms. For patients with conditions like diarrhea, constipation and even gastritis, frequent ingestion of sage normalizes the digestion process, gets rid of inflammations within the gut and promotes a healthy gastrointestinal environment.

6. INCREASING BONE DENSITY
In case you did not know, dried sage is filled with Vitamin K, and not many foods have that vitamin within them. Sage, however, has an augmented level of Vitamin K that increases the strength of bones, preventing the onset of osteoporosis in elderly individuals. In children, it aids in bone development by increasing the bulk within bones.

Adding dried Mediterranean sage to food, on a daily basis is known to cover at least twenty-seven per cent of an individual's daily intake of the recommended amount of Vitamin K.


DRIED SAGE AND YOUR MIND
Yes,
dried Sage has a powerful effect on the user's mind. Not leaving behind
the ancient wisdom on the positive powerful usage of the plant,
scientific research and information have now informed its infamous
properties.

1. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT- Memory Boost and Alzheimer's Disease
Do you have a problem with your memory? Are you worried that you forget things as easily as you learn them? Do not be alarmed!

As
early as the 1500s, rumor had it that sage was excellent for the head.
The Spaniards named it the Salvia lavandulaefolia, that is the protector
of the little messengers that transmit information in the brain. In
fact, the scientist Culpeper wrote that the herb sage warms the brain and
quickens the user's senses, thereby healing their memory.

Centuries
later, clinical studies have ascertained these claims. In the University of Newcastle, forty-four adults were given capsules of sage
oil and compared to a control group that was given capsules without the
oil. Approximately six hours later after the performance of a recall
test, the group under intervention was found to remember at least 8 to
10% of the memorized words as compared to the control group.

Since
Alzheimer's involves the decrease in acetylcholine, sage slows down
acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that crashes the chemical messenger
acetylcholine. Of importance is the fact that no side-effects were
noticed with the adults who used sage oil.

2. RELAXING
Burning
dried sage as incense can optimally increase an individual's
relaxation. It is often used for meditation as the aroma increases
concentration in the brain, subsequently reducing anxiety.

HOW TO PREPARE:
DRIED SAGE
1. Cut the fleshy stems of a Mediterranean sage plant with the use of shears, as many as needed.
2. Make sure to harvest them in the morning hours after the dew has lifted.
3. Tie up the stems in bunches leaving the leaves out to hang undisturbed.
4. Suspend the bunches in a dry and warm area.
5. When the leaves are dry and crispy to touch, remove them.
6. You can either crush the leaves into a fine powder or crumble them to make a fluffy mix.
7. Otherwise, the leaves can be used whole as they are, depending on the purpose they are intended for.

SAGE BREW/TEA
1. Boil one cup of water, or as desired.
2. For every cup used, add a teaspoon of dried sage leaves...
3. Steep the concoction for around 5 minutes and strain into a separate container.
4. Serve the tea/brew while still hot.

SAGE OIL/SALVE
1. Starting with clean dried Mediterranean sage leaves, place them in a sterilized glass jar with a tight lid.
2. In a separate container, heat oil (the base oil). You can use either olive or almond oil or whatever suits your taste...
3. Empty it into the jar until the leaves are covered.
4. After the oil cools, tighten the lid over the jar.
5. Place it in a dark spot that is cool for at least 3 weeks.
6. Frequently shake up the jar, at least three times a week.
7. After three weeks, strain the oil into its final storage container.

NOTE THAT dried sage with no aroma upon initial smelling is no longer 
effective and must be replaced. Therefore, any user must be grounded with
a highly aromatic and fragrant product in order to reap maximum benefits
.

IN A NUTSHELL, dried Mediterranean sage is very good for your mind and body, whether you inhale it, ingest it or topically apply it. Not only will you experience a greater sense of cognitive boost, but your body remains refreshed from the inside to the outside.

Given that it is not generally allergenic, persons with allergic reactions to herbs in the mint family must consult a physician before use.
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