Greek sage is considered to be unrivaled in quality and the best in the world. The observed antioxidant activity of sage is considered a challenge to understand the chemistry involved in the action of this plant.
As a beverage, place a few leaves in 96oC water. Allow it to sit for 4-6 minutes in a covered pot and then strain. Drink warm or cold. Add honey if desired.
Sage has been used to treat the common cold, diarrhea, enteritis, sore throat, snake bites, and cancer. In the past two decades, great emphasis has been given to its natural antioxidants and their ability to quench free radicals produced in humans by various mechanisms responsible or involved in many chronic diseases.
It is also a softener, an astringent, a stomach and anti-rheumatic remedy, having healing, stimulating, and menopausal properties. It is a natural antibiotic and stimulant that helps in indigestion.
Several diseases, such as cerebral dysfunction (Alzheimer's), cancer, cardiac disease, and immune system deficiency, may arise because of the cell damage caused by free radicals. So the presence of antioxidants in a diet, such as those contained in sage, could be a way to combat those diseases.
It is recommended to treat acne and blackheads, feet hair, colds (as a decoction), burns and wounds, headaches and migraines, mouth ulcers, sore throats, and tonsillitis.
Sage, other than containing the phenolic substances with antioxidant action, due to the presence of carnosic and rosmarinic acid, also produces substances that are antimicrobials which makes it useful for antiseptic applications, such as in microbial protection formulations, like oral solutions. It is a very important fact that there are substances with antimicrobial action in aqueous and alcoholic extracts from sage, and it is thus used in the treatment of several diseases such as chronic bronchitis. Some other experiments on sage extracts have established its suppressive effect on the central nervous system and its anticonvulsant properties.