Sage has a long history of treating ailments of aging such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. In vitro studies have shown that the herb can kill bacteria such as E. coli and stave off fungal infections. An effective antioxidant, sage can also soothe indigestion and dyspepsia when ingested as an herbal tea. Worked into dental routine, it is also an effective mouthwash to combat gum disease, cankers and throat infections. Believed to have an estrogenic effect, sage was traditionally taken by women hoping to dry up their breast milk supply, or to relieve hot flushes during menopause.
Add loose tea (1 to 2 teaspoons per cup, 250ml) to a teapot, or infuser basket. Pour very hot water (not boiling) over the tea and let it infuse for up to 3 to 5 minutes. Strain leaves from the teapot before pouring. Add honey or a slice of lemon to taste. Enjoy!
Seek professional health advice if pregnant, lactating, suffering from a medical condition or taking medication before supplementing.