Enumerable species of plants are spread over the globe, and a lot of them are yet to be discovered. Out of these priceless jewels, from the part of the Lamiaceae family, a plant which was first found in the Mediterranean region and later spread all over parts of globe named sage, garden sage or Salvia officinalis which in Latin means ‘to be saved’ or ‘to cure’.
Having savory, pine-like, citrus, and eucalyptus notes, this plant has pleased the taste-buds of people and is used in the making of a lot of food dishes like tempting pumpkin ravioli, duck sausage, different types of pasta, chicken, and various types of meat, stuffing for various food items, bread, squash, gorgonzola, and several deserts which include cake, pastries, chocolates, even as a garnish and what not? Sounds tempting and mouth-watering. Doesn’t it? Apart from its taste, sage has a very strong pine-like, aromatic, woody, and spicy fragrance, which is used to make perfumes for men, incense sticks, and much more.
Apart from its tempting taste and fragrance, the plant has a lot of nutrients like Vitamin B6, Vitamin K (10% of the reference daily intake (RDI)), Calcium, Manganese, Antioxidants, several helpful acids like Chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid, ellagic acid and rutin, Iron, Riboflavin, Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine, Niacin, Folates and way more that can prove to be a boon for the human body.
That is why the plant has been used as a medicine since ancient times, and it is also burned to clear the negative ions like bugs and bacteria, etc. present in the air. Also, in spiritual practices, this holy plant is burnt for getting rid of negative energy and for cleansing purposes.
As the plant contains a lot of nutrients that can prove to be boon for human body. Sage can be used to cure diseases like cold sores, fatigue, high cholesterol, hot flashes, weak memory, sore throat, skin-related diseases, digestion-related issues, cancer, sinusitis, respiratory disorders, cold, fever, and several mental disorders. Indeed, a curing plant.
As sage has a lot of qualities that can benefit the human body in many ways, one should consume it or use it daily. Here are the three elaborated benefits that you need to know:
Helps in maintaining psychological health
Impairment in normal behavioral can be considered as a mental disorder. It can be challenging for an individual as well as family members to deal with a person who is going through any sort of disorder. These impairments obstruct leading a normal life. Moreover, individual who is suffering from such issues can face difficulty and discomfort in adjusting in social settings. It is very important to seek treatment or therapy as soon as possible and introducing plants in life that can cure these disorders. Sage is called curing and can do wonders in treating mental disorders. This can improve mood by slowing down and maintaining the levels of acetylcholine and the release of enzymes that break down acetylcholine, eventually leading to an increase in serotonin. Also, anti-oxidants and nutrients present in sage helps in protecting the brain from the attack of free radicals. Also, it helps in treating neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and much more. All of this can lead to prevention of several mental disorders such as anxiety, depression etc.
Helps in reducing symptoms of menopause
Menopause is a condition where women stop having periods and experience a reduction in the hormone estrogen at a certain age. Menopause normally occurs any time between the ages of 40 and 58. But if menopause occurs before this age, it is abnormal and can be considered abnormal menopause. Due to the changing lifestyle a lot of women have been facing menopause at a younger age. Sage can help in curing this problem. Sage can naturally reduce the levels of estrogen, which causes hot flashes, excessive sweating, irritability, and vaginal dryness.
Apart from this it is normal for a woman to face pain in joints and bones. Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and other nutrients present in sage can help in promoting bone strength and terminating the pain.
Helps in promoting oral health
A nice smile can make anyone’s mood amazing, a fresh breath can be a sign of good health and also can attract people towards you. Furthermore, a healthy mouth contributes to an amazing smile and a fresh breath. Having oral cavities or any kind of oral diseases can lead to discomfort and pain for an individual. It is very important to take good care of our mouth as the most important step of breaking down food, and the initial stage of digestion takes place in the mouth. Sage can be the perfect natural remedy that can fight against several bacteria and germs affecting mouth’s health.
Containing antimicrobial effects and nutrients like magnesium, zinc, copper and vitamins A, C and E which destroy and prevent the growth of bacteria present in mouth and also help in strengthening of gums and teeth.
Mentioned above are the three elaborated benefits of sage. While sage is loaded with benefits, it is always advised to seek professional help before adding anything to your diet. As taking sage during pregnancy is unsafe and even using the sage oil is harmful as it is toxic. This plant should be used very carefully and in a prescribed amount.