I've always had a strong attraction to sage, but I'm sure we all do. It is a powerful herb with magical allure surrounding it. Sage (salvia) is derived from a latin root meaning "to heal." Romans adored this herb and used it in a wide range of forms such as infusing it in hot bathwater to relieve sore muscles and tired feet, as an elixir of long life, and a cure to a long list of illnesses. It was considered a heal-all. Sage has a rich history dating back not only to the Romans but plays a significant role in a story about the Virgin Mary in the Bible. Mary declared sage as the favorite flower of mankind and it was forever known as a protector and a source of long life after it concealed Mary and baby Jesus from King Herod's mercenaries as they fled Judea. After she was turned away by both a rose and a clove bush, sage accepted her and bloomed to provided a canopy of thick coverage to hid Mary; one of its first uses for protection. I find it appropriate that sage should have a long history to correlate with its long-life giving properties. There is an English proverb saying that if you eat sage everyday in May, you will live forever.
Sage was valued by the Native Americans as a plant to cleanse, purify, protect, and cast away evil spirits and influences. It was burned to clear spaces, homes and ceremonies in an act known as "smudging." Sage was even worn around the neck packed in a horn for protection. It is amazing to me that this Native American use of sage for protection is the same conclusion and use for sage in the story about Mary. In the flower language sage signifies wisdom, long life, and good health. Sage apparently has an affinity for women. It is said that if sage grows abundantly, then the house is ruled by a women. It is also said it grows abundantly where there is prosperity in a household or business. Maybe try planting some outside your door or office to bring a little extra prosperity.
There is a long ranging use of sage; internally, externally, or through aromatherapy but it should be used with caution in pregnant women. It can excite the womb and lead to early conception. Sage is antibacterial, antiviral, suppresses perspiration, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, stimulant, carminative (digestion), astringent, and an aphrodisiac It also can bring out more alcohol in beverages and increase intoxication. Sage is used often for memory and mental exhaustion. There are some cases of use to treat Alzheimer's but in general it is a great tea to consume when you need that extra mental boost for concentration and memory. Study for an exam with sage tea all week! It is also a fabulous digestive herb, for relieving upset stomachs due to poor/slow digestion, bloating, and gas. Sip on a mug before 20 minutes and/or after a meal. In tea form it also helps ease and break up phlegm in the throat/lungs from a cold, as well as attack the bacteria or virus causing it. It is also used in some forms to help treat laryngitis, sore throats and gum issues. There has also been some use of sage for vertigo.
This tea is enjoyable and tasty for when you need a little energy and help with concentration. It is great sweetened with a little honey. Pu-erh is a woodsy tasting tea that is rich and bold. Pu-erh is an aged tea and I find the flavor to be strong, which is why I did not add too much here to balace the strength of the sage.
Makes 1 pitcher (2/3 big mugs)
A good 2-3TB of sage
1TB of Jasmine Pu-erh or another tea like a green tea, jasmine, or a soft black tea.
Heat up a kettle of water, pour (slightly cooled) boiling water over the tea in a pitcher or tea pot. Cover. Let steep about five minutes and then pour into mugs over a strainer. Make your own tea ritual - my process doesn't have to be yours. Use tea bags instead if you like. Sweeten with honey.