Sage is an annual herb that is in season from May to mid November in Missouri. It has soft, gray/green leaves and has a savory taste.

Health Benefits

  • Antioxidant power: rosmarinic acid (a polyphenol) is easily absorbed in the digestive tract and reduces inflammation.
  • Flavonoids, phenolic acids, and enzymes in sage work together to decrease oxidative (damage) to cells.
  • Recommended for those with inflammatory issues such as arthritis, bronchial asthma, and atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries).
  • Memory enhancement: studies have shown increase in cognitive function and recall. Use of sage is also being studied as a therapeutic treatment for Alzheimer’s.
  • Digestive health: sage can help treat bloating, diarrhea, heartburn, and stomach pain.
  • Sage essential oil is used as an antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, disinfectant, laxative and stimulating substance. It can also assist in treatment of dermatitis, herpes, psoriasis asthma, and bronchitis, and sciatic nerve pain, and promote mental focus.

SELECTION & STORAGE

  • Sage is available in most markets in dried or fresh form (organic and fresh is best!).
  • Select fresh sage that does not have bruising, yellowing, or signs of rot.
  • Store fresh sage by wrapping leaves in a slightly damp paper towel in a plastic bag for 5-7 days.
  • Store dried sage in an airtight glass container in a cool, dark environment for up to 6 months.

How to Use

  • Sage is a wonderful aromatic herb to use in colder months. Use as a rub along with salt and pepper for red and white meat and fish.
  • Use in vegetable side dishes with squash, tomatoes, beans, olives, etc.
  • Dry fresh sage and cup finely to make tea for sore throats.
  • Make sage butter to use with pasta (like gnocchi) or with chicken.
  • Dab sage essential oil to pressure points to improve mood, add to bath water for sore joints.