Read on to know about 13 ways in which sage benefits our health!

Since long, sage has been used for medicinal and culinary benefits. Read on to know why it is so important for us.

Can be easily infused in other food products. Olive oil infused with sage is a wonderful substitute for fresh sage leaves as it can be used as a marinade for vegetables and meats. You can also chop sage in to butter and use this “sage butter” as a more flavorful option to prepare dishes. You can even infuse salt with sage to make a delicious meat rub or to season the food preparations.

For stuffing. Onion and sage stuffing is the most common usage of this aromatic herb with earthy tones.

As a flavor enhancer. Sage adds a whole new dimension to pesto, tomato sauce, pasta and vegetable preparations, soup, salads, bread, and even desserts and cocktails. Sage offers a fragrant earthiness to all of these preparations.

As a healing oil. You can use the healing powers of sage by using it as an essential oil, which can offer anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. It can also improve memory and attention span if used as a therapeutic oil.

For oral problems. Sage can be brewed in the tea or use it to gargle and get rid of sore throat pain, laryngitis, gum disease, mouth ulcers, and cough as it offers antiseptic, astringent, and anti-bacterial properties.

Aids in digestion. Sage tea if consumed after a meal can relieve digestive problems such as bloating and gas.

Improves cognitive health. Sage essential oil or sage extract can improve attention span, mood, alertness, and memory. Sage has also been associated with improvement in Alzheimer’s disease.

As a body deodorizer. Eat more sage to use it as a natural body deodorizer instead of using conventional antiperspirants and deodorants.

Reduces menopausal symptoms. Consuming sage regularly or using its extract has been associated with improvement in hot flushes and symptoms of menopause.

Relieves congestion. Sage is beneficial in relieving bronchitis, chest congestion, loosening of mucous, preventing bacterial growth, and soothing of irritated bronchial tube lining.

As a household cleaner. Sage offers antifungal and antimicrobial effect and when coupled with white vinegar it can effectively get rid of E. coli and salmonella, which makes it a natural kitchen and bathroom cleaning agent.

For healthy hair. Sage, when mixed with vinegar, can be used as a wonderful hair rinse to darken the hair color naturally. Sage oil is also beneficial to reduce oiliness of hair and fungal dandruff if it is used on the scalp.

For healthy skin. Sage oil, if used topically, can prevent scars, reduces the signs of aging, and bacterial growth.