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Sage: The Herb of All Trades
Thursday, November 03, 2016
by Nikki Novoselsky | Communications Director
Sage, found in the herb garden at Allen Centennial Garden, has numerous purposes. Along with adding a peppery taste to delicious soup, meat or pasta dishes (see here for recipes), sage has a plethora of health benefits. Even the slightest bit of sage can help memory and concentration along with increased protection against dementia and Alzheimer’s. Sage also has high levels of vitamin K, which is necessary for bone density, and protects against osteoporosis and bone fragility. Applying a topical salve of sage can improve skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Drying sage leaves to make an herbal tea blend can help with sore throats. To dry your leaves, wrap a bunch with a rubber band and hang them upside down by a window to dry in the sunlight. Crumble the dried sage leaves in your hands or chop them finely for the perfect texture for tea. To make a sage tincture as a home remedy: wash, dry and chop your newly picked sage and place into a glass jar. Pour a spirit alcohol over the sage and store in a dark place for 2-3 weeks shaking the jar daily. Enjoy the woody yet sweet flavor of sage as you indulge in all the other health benefits as well!