Scientific Name: Salvia officinalis
One of the definitions of Sage reads, “Having, showing or indicating profound wisdom.” We simply cannot refute such a statement, especially if it’s referring to someone who keeps a little rubbed Sage within arm’s reach. Best known as the soft and sweet spice that helps to flavor sausages, lamb and other meats, Sage is an herb that’s wise in its years and bountiful in its benefits. Used for centuries as a medicinal herb, it contains rosmarinic acid, which can act to reduce inflammatory ailments such as gas, bloating, excessive sweating, poor appetite and diarrhea.
And while this herb may never be able to impart any wisdom on you, it can impart its delicious flavor into any number of savory dishes. It’s no wonder so many people have already made it a staple on their spice racks, year round.
Rich in a number of essential vitamins and minerals, there is research to suggest that Rubbed Sage can be of great benefit to cognitive function. By stimulating brain activity, it’s been known to promote increased concentration levels, improve the ability to focus, and aid in short- and long-term memory retention.
A natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, Rubbed Sage helps to reduce unnecessary stress levels throughout the body. This, in turn, lowers blood pressure levels, alleviates pain caused by inflammation, and provides optimal conditions for cell regeneration. Likewise, it helps to shield the body from free radicals and other harmful foreign bodies, as well as many airborne and viral diseases.
Offering high levels of certain nutrients, such as folate, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K, Rubbed Sage can be of great benefit to those with compromised bone health. Essential in maintaining proper bone density, these compounds can prevent and/or minimize the symptoms of age-related bone conditions by increasing nutrient absorption and ensuring proper regeneration and overall health.
An excellent source of thiamin, copper, riboflavin, folic acids, and vitamins C and E, Rubbed Sage is a multifaceted herb with great potential. It’s believed to have a positive effect on certain skin conditions, like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It eases the pain and discomfort associated with certain gastrointestinal conditions. It can aid in the management of diabetes by inhibiting the release of glucose in the liver. And it contains certain compounds that may inhibit the conditions that often lead to hair loss in both men and women.
Traditionally, it is often blended with other spices to flavor meats and vegetables or infused with oils to create an added layer of flavor for a meal. We suggest blending it with your favorite herbal tea mix or even added a dash to potpourri to enjoy an intriguing, yet calming scent.
One of the most fascinating herbs in existence, Sage holds a well-known and storied past within folklore, witchcraft, and superstition. In ancient Rome, it was widely regarded for its healing properties, especially for indigestion and stomach-related issues. In China, they became so enamored with the leaf that they would offer ridiculous trades with travelers, just to enjoy its tea. Perhaps its most well-known association, however, is the ritual of burning it as part of various ceremonies. This practice began with the druids, who believed in its ability to dispel dark creatures and harmful presences. Still today, many homeowners partake in this ritual before relocating to a new home or simply to help calm their thoughts during yoga or meditation. In the kitchen, it’s also one of the most commonly used herbs on the market—especially during fall and winter festivities, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.
If stored correctly, our Sage has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.