Sage (30 g)
Sage is one of the favorite and most enduring herbs, and tea from it can be a useful supplement to your diet.
- calms, refreshes and invigorates
- has a beneficial effect on the stomach
- hydrates your body
- is rich in antioxidants
- is mildly anti-inflammatory
- is antibacterial
Sage tea is made from the leaves of the sage plant. Its Latin name – Salvia officinalis – is derived from the word salvare meaning to save or to heal. Salvia officinalis or medicinal sage grows on many Dalmatian islands and is highly appreciated for the special composition and its essential oil. It can also be grown in continental parts, not just along the coast. It is most easily identified by its rugged, gray-green leaves and the pink/lilac flowers. The sage is a shrubby plant and often grows wide and can grow up to 70 cm in height. Sage naturally grows in the Mediterranean area but is grown around the world. The Egyptians used sage for mummification and embalming and the ancient Romans had a special rite of her picking. Sage contains many active herbal substances, mainly camphor, borneol, bornyl acetate, camphene and 1,8 – cineole. To prepare sage tea, place one teaspoon of chopped sage in a quarter liter of boiling water and allow it to simmer for three minutes on low heat. Remove from heat, let sit for ten minutes. Strain and drink no more than two to three cups a day. Long-term high-dose of sage tea is not recommended.