Clue: Its Latin name salveo means “to heal”, and the wise men of biblical times were known as sages. Did you guess sage? This beneficial herb has been used for centuries to help preserve meat. It has been used as a digestive remedy, an aid to blood sugar control, a cough expectorant, an infection fighter, and to help reduce sweating and hot flashes (due to its cooling action). It has been reported to help improve memory, probably due to its ability to improve blood circulation.
Maybe you should drink a cup of sage tea after the Thanksgiving meal to aid digestion and to help protect against food-borne bacteria. Have a cup with your pumpkin pie to help balance blood sugar. If you’re feeling a little congested, inhale the steam of some warm sage tea, and use it as a gargle for sore throats. Among its many nutrients are vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E, and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and zinc.
You can buy Sage Capsules from Nature’s Sunshine: www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com
Cautions: Sage is contraindicated in cases of epilepsy, and it may also dry up milk in nursing mothers.
Buy fresh sage, grow your own, or buy dried organic in the spice section. Some health food stores carry sage tea. So, be sure to add some to your dressing/stuffing, and then don’t put it away until next Thanksgiving. Add it to rice, ground turkey, etc. Have a cup of tea to help clear your mind and/or calm your stomach.
Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease. It does not take the place of any medication or medical care that you may need.