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""If one consults enough herbals . . . every sickness known to humanity will be listed as being cured by sage." - Varro Taylor, Ph.D. (herb expert) Another member of the vast mint family, this famous herb has showy flowers (blue, red, purple, pink, white, ) that are divided into upper and lower “lips”, and woolly, silver-gray-green leaves that are green year round. Many varieties have tiny hairs growing on the leaves, stems and flowers. Some of these hairs release a volatile oil when rubbed. Antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, expectorant, diuretic. Sage has lots of flavonoids, phenolic acids and antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD) and peroxidas, making it a top powerful anti-oxidant plant used for protection against all types of degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration. Contains rosmarinic acid, a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory (also found in rosemary) used for rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, lungs, atherosclerosis. Sage is famous as a strong memory enhancer for better brain function and possibly even Alzheimer`s. For women, sage contains sclereol, which stimulates the body to produce its own estrogen, which helps with all gynecological problems and female issues like menopause, night sweats, hot flashes, despair, fatigue. May also help with diabetes (even type 2) through its ability to boost insulin action. Used to reduce anxiety, allergies and promote digestion. Anti-bacterial properties used to help stomach, intestines, nose, sinus, throat, mouth, skin, scalp, hair, lungs, genitals and eyes. Antiseptic for cuts, wounds. Sage oil contains camphor and camphen, which are used against fungal infections, dermatitis, athlete’s foot, skin diseases, infections. Used in skin creams for the cosmetic industry. Helps digest fats and proteins. Add chopped fresh or dried leaves to food, or dried powders in smoothies. For white teeth, rub them with fresh sage leaves, which also strengthens the teeth, gums and freshens breath. Eat sage leaves every day. "
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz