It’s October, Halloween is fast approaching. Before we know it Thanksgiving will be here. Soon we will be gathering our supplies and ingredients for the Big Feast. If you make your own stuffing you most likely will be adding Sage. Well, I’m here to tell you that Sage isn’t only for Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful, easy to grow garden herb. It has many uses both medicinally, and culinary. If you don’t have this in your garden, plan on planting one next year.
So first of all, Sage has two meanings. It is a plant that has grayish green leaves and is used in cooking. It can also mean a profoundly wise man or having or showing profound wisdom. Either way you look at it Sage is wonderful. In medieval times, it was one of the ingredients in “ four thieves vinegar”. If your not familiar with “ four thieves vinegar”. It was a formula used to ward off the bubonic plague while plundering for treasures. Hence, the word thieves. The ancient Egyptians used Sage as well. Today herbalists use Sage to make teas and syrups for cough, sore throat, and the common cold, to name just a few. Below is a very simple tea recipe using fresh sage and mint leaves. There are no hard and fast rules for this tea. You may add cinnamon and honey, or none at all. Make it to your liking and know that you are drinking a healthy tea.
This is a very simple way to get the benefits of Sage in your diet. Herbalism doesn’t have to be difficult. Yes, there is a lot to learn, and you can continually grow in your knowledge. But sometimes all of the information out there scares us into thinking we aren’t smart enough or that we aren’t doing it right. Start simple, and grow from there. Bring “Herbal Goodness” into your life.