Organic Wild Sage - Salvia Triloba
Sage is known as the sacred plant of immortality. It is an evergreen shrub with dusty gray-green leaves and woody stems. There are many varieties of sage, but the species used for culinary purposes as a seasoning is known as common sage, garden sage, or Salvia officinalis. Sage is prized as a seasoning for its intense aromas with a strong peppery flavor. They are harvested during the blooming period. The sage is comprised of petioles and its stems and it is free of dust (soil).
An important staple in several cultures, for the Arabs Sage, was believed to cure everything.
For the Latins, it was considered the sacred plant of immortality and was used widely in several ceremonies.
The French still refer to it as "Greek tea" and use it - like most of Europeans - both in cooking and as medicine for its healing properties. The Chinese call it "Greek cauldron" and consider it superior to tea!
Sage has been a staple herb in the Greek culture for thousands of years.
The two more common varieties are Salvia Triloba and Salvia Officinalis.
The plant belongs to the mint family, along with other herbs such as oregano, rosemary, basil, and thyme.
This special plant has a strong aroma and earthy taste, which is why it is usually used in small quantities.
Even so, it is packed with a variety of important nutrients and natural compounds.
It is also used as a natural cleanser and pesticide.
This green herb is available fresh, dried, or in oil form - and has many health benefits.
Here are some of the most popular and broadly known:
Can be effective against some types of cancer >
Specific studies and test tubes indicate sage can fight certain types of cancer, including those of the mouth, colon, liver, cervix, breast, skin, and kidneys.
It is packed with several antioxidants >
Antioxidants help boost your body's immune support by eliminating harmful free radicals associated with chronic diseases. Sage contains more than 150 distinct polyphenols, all phytochemicals acting as antioxidants in your body. Chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid, ellagic acid, and rutin - all found in sage - are associated with impressive health benefits such as lower cancer risk and improved brain function and memory. A recent study found when consuming 1 cup - approximately 9 fl oz - of sage tea twice a day significantly increases your antioxidant defenses. It can also lower both total cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol, as well as increase "good" HDL cholesterol
It can support oral health >
Sage has antimicrobial effects, known to neutralize the germs that promote dental plaque. According to a study, a sage-based mouth proved to be effective in killing Streptococcus mutans, which are known to cause dental cavities. Other tests were shown Sage can kill and stop the spread of Candida albicans, a fungus that can also cause cavities. It was also shown that Sage can cure infections in the throat, dental abscesses, infected gums, and mouth ulcers, although more research and proof is needed in support of these claims.
May suppress the symptoms of menopause >
During menopause, the female body experiences a natural decrease in the hormone estrogen. This can cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms. Symptoms include hot flashes, excessive sweating, vaginal dryness, and irritability. Ordinary sage is traditionally used to reduce the symptoms of menopause. The compounds in sage are believed to have estrogenic properties, allowing them to bind to certain receptors in your brain to help improve memory and treat hot flashes and excessive sweating. In a research study, the daily use of a sage supplement significantly reduced the number and intensity of hot flashes over an eight-week period.
Can promote memory function and brain health >
Sage can help support your brain and memory in a number of ways. For a start, it is packed with compounds that can act as antioxidants, which have been shown to memorize the brain's defense system. It also appears to inhibit the distribution of the chemical messenger acetylcholine (ACH), which has a role in memory.
In healthy adults, sage has been shown to improve memory in low doses. Higher doses also increase mood and increased alertness, calmness, and pleasure.
In both younger and older adults, sage seems to improve memory and brain function.
100% organic cultivated wild Greek Sage from Lemons island in the north Aegean sea.
Sage is perhaps most notably used in the preparation of sausage, although it pairs well with any meat, especially poultry. Sage is known for the distinct taste it gives to classic holiday stuffings. But it also is a flavor powerhouse in bean dishes, tomato sauces, omelets, polenta, chicken risotto, pesto, and sage butter for pasta and trout. Sage is often paired with other herbs such as thyme, marjoram, and rosemary and harmonizes well with garlic, onion, oregano, parsley, and bay leaf. This herb is strongly aromatic and will automatically take over any beverage or culinary creation. Apart from its strong taste and aroma is also known for its great health benefits, especially helping with fighting free radicals due to its higher antioxidant content.