Uses for Sage Herbs

The green and silver colors found in sage offers a strong and potent fragrance, while curing many ailments. Originating from regions around the Mediterranean, sage serves many culinary and medicinal purposes. Commonly used for treating ulcers and internal bleeding, sage is also used in teas for severe sore throats and chronic coughs.

Culinary

Sage is a very flavorful herb found in many Mediterranean dishes, especially Italian cooking. Used for preparing marinades for meat, it is also perfect when used to season poultry, stuffing and vegetables. Bakers often use sage when baking scones, breads and rolls. The savory combination of a sweet scone with a savory bit of sage makes for a delicious snack. Abundant in vitamin C and A, sage is a very potent herb, so use sparingly when flavoring foods and dishes. Pair sage with other spices like oregano and thyme for a harmonious marriage of flavors.

Gardening

You can grow sage in many different varieties and colors. Tri-color sage with its white, green and purple leaves, creates a beautiful addition to your garden bed. Because it is a low-growing herb, add it to the front of the bed and in garden containers for an attractive design and to help fill out spaces. Plant purple and golden sage in your garden bed to create a lifetime of culinary delight. Because it's easy to grow and requires little upkeep, sage works well for those who have limited garden skills. It will flourish and grow and create a beautiful addition to your herb garden.

Medicinal

Sage has many medicinal uses and has been used for many different ailments, including depression and anxiety. Sage is also beneficial for treating stings related to spiders and jellyfish. Use sage as an antiseptic for wounds as well as mouthwash. Recurrent coughs and sore throats are dramatically reduced when drinking tea flavored with sage. For skin problems associated with oil and congestion, mix sage with white vinegar white vinegar. This forms a strong astringent that can be applied to your skin and neck.

Topical

Sage is a key component in numerous natural and eco-friendly cosmetics. Because it's chemical-free, sage is ideal for those who have very sensitive skin. The essential oil of sage is added to lotions and soaps for a refreshing scent. Sage is also a popular ingredient in colognes and perfumes, providing a woodsy and refreshing component to any fragrance.

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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.