So what can Sage tea do for you? The French calls Sage, 'Toute Bonne', which means 'All Is Well'. Well, for those experiencing the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis, all is obviously not well. That is why Sage tea might be a good herbal remedy since it has the ability to reduce inflammation.
Sage's botanical name 'Salvia' means to save or to heal - where we get the word salvation from. Your experience of arthritis might just be a mild pain in the mornings, or it might be as severe struggling to get out of bed in the mornings due to severe pain and stiffness. The fact remains that Arthritis victims need something external to help with joint function. And while Sage tea may not be a instant cure, it does play its part in the long run.
This green-gray plant with its lilac flowers is filled with powerful anti-oxidants and contains a variety of volatile oils that have healing components. No wonder the Arabs associated sage with immortality. Sage used to be a very expensive commodity in the past. We all know the Chinese are the world's tea masters, knowing such a variety of tea and what each one is good for. In the 17th century they traded 3 cases of their own tea for one case of sage from the Dutch. So be wise and listen to the sages when it comes to sage.
Uses of Sage
One of the reasons that makes Sage tea such a good choice is its ability to be easily absorbed into the GI tract, and so quickly becomes effective.
Drinking sage tea is probably one of the best ways to take it as the rosmarinic acids are so easily absorbed into the GI tract. To make the tea, pour some hot water on dry leaves. To cut the strong, pungent flavor of sage, you can mix it with chamomile, mint, lemon grass or any herb that might go well with it, so don't be afraid to experiment.
Another tea recipe that you can also chill for a cool drink is 1/2 an ounce of sage leaves, 1 Oz of sugar, juice from one lemon or lime or a 1/4 of grated rind. Add it to 1 quart of water and boil it for 30 minutes. Enjoy as a warm or cold beverage.
You can also use essential oils or sage extract. If you opt for the tincture, use about 1/2 a teaspoon in a sip of water twice a day.
The Science Bit
Sage contain rosmarinic acid which is also found in Rosemary. This acid is responsible for reducing inflammation. The way it works is that it interferes with the messages send between molecules that are responsible for inflammation, as is the case with leukotriene B4's.
Sage also contains enzymes that help to clean out toxins and free radicals from the blood. And so help to stabilize oxygen- related metabolism in the cells. This prevents oxygen-based damage to the cells in your body.
What to watch out for
Be careful not to consume large amounts of sage, especially in the concentrated form of oil. As it you might experience some side-effects like irritability, headaches, dizziness or even seizures. The reason for some of the side-effects is the potential toxic ingredient, thujone, found in sage. If you overdose yourself it may cause an epileptic form of convulsion.
If your diabetic, do talk to your doctor first, especially if you take a concentrated form of the herb, as it may lower blood sugar levels in several ways.
Sage has actually been used to dry up the mother's milk after a child is weaned, so take care not to use it if you still need to breast feed. Pregnant mothers should also avoid sage as it may cause uterus contractions and cause premature labour.