Health benefits and medicinal uses: Sage leaves are rich in vitamin A,B-complex vitamins,beta carotene,vitamin C and folic acid. Herb parts whether fresh or dried are sources of potassium,zinc,calcium,iron,manganese,copper and magnesium. Sage infusion has long been recognised as “thinker’s tea”. Its effects help deal with grief and depression. Sage herb oil is used externally to soothe painful ailments like muscle stiffness,rheumatism and neuralgic conditions.
Precautions: Sage when used in large amounts causes nervous irritation and convulsions .Hence its use is prohibited in known epileptic conditions. It should not be used during pregnancy. Patients with hypertension and children should avoid using due to its stimulating nature.
Culinary uses: Sage is a common ingredient in Greek cooking. It’s harvested just before flowering.