Sage-healing herbs & spices for your kitchen

Coming in at number thirteen on the list of healing herbs is sage. It is held in high esteem both for culinary and it health giving properties. The masters with the use of sage in the kitchen to my mind are the Italians; sage sautéed s in butter or olive oil until crisp and sweet and tossed with pasta is delicious. In Italian cuisine sage is also sautéed with other herbs and vegetables in a soffritto, the beginning of a many Italian dishes. This herb’s camphor, pine and citrus give it a pungent and powerful taste, so use it sparingly. So if you are new to the use of this wonderful herb, remember that less is more. The flowers are edible too. Avoid the tricolour, variegated and purple sages in cooking as they are far too camphory in taste.

13. SAGE – The oils found in sage are antiseptic, antifungal and antibiotic, so it can help fight infections. Sage is effective for symptoms of menopause, night sweats and hot flashes, because of its estrogenic action and because its tannins can dry up perspiration. There’s also compelling evidence that sage may be of value to people with diabetes for whom the hormone insulin does not work as efficiently as it should. Lab studies indicate that sage may boost insulin’s action. Sage heals sore throats, mouth infections, coughs and colds, rough skin, acne, rashes, indigestion, and memory loss.  A big pot of gently simmering water containing fresh sage sprigs (use enough water to cover) will disinfect the whole house and deodorise cooking smells and pet smells.

Sage goes with: anchovies, artichokes, butter, chicken, dried beans, duck, goose, ham, lamb, leeks, lemons, olive oil, onions, parmesan cheese, pasta, peas, potatoes, pumpkin, veal,…

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5 thoughts on “Sage-healing herbs & spices for your kitchen

  1. Monica

    Looks like I can take the dust off of my sage container……I just never knew this. I thought sage was only used sparingly in turkey stuffing……….Have a great day hey !!!!  :o)

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  2. Kenneth

    Scientists at the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria tested 44 people, who were either given the herb or a dummy placebo pill.
    They found that those given the sage oil tablets performed much better in a "word recall test".
    Experts believe the active ingredient may boost levels of a chemical that helps transmit messages in the brain.
    The Medicinal Plant Research Centre (MPRC) at the universities are testing many old-fashioned claims about the healing powers of herbs and flowers.
    Sage is often referred to in ancient texts – in 1597 the herbalist John Gerard said that it was "singularly good for the head and quickeneth the nerves and memory."
    Perhaps I should have eaten more sage during my lifetime, now, just where on earth did I leave my car keys.
     

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  3. swamp

    Morning Kate. Blimey, that Kenny is smart, isn’t he. Never knew that about Sage.
    Good cup of coffee today. Hope your Thursday is a good one. And the point is on the table. Bye for now. 🙂

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  4. Peter

    Hi Kate sage in sausages too .. although sausages are fast going out of fashion on the healthy eating stuffHave a good one !Peter

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