By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 8 January 2010)
Sage is not only an antioxidant, but also an anti-inflammatory herb, which means that it may be particularly beneficial for those with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma (though more research is required to confirm this). In addition, a double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that sage can also enhance memory (George Mateljan Foundation, 2010) and research by Akhondzadeh et al. (2003) found sage to be beneficial for treating mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
Sage has traditionally been used as a home remedy for many different conditions including digestive upsets (nausea, gas, diarrhea, bloating, etc.), menstrual pain, menopause symptoms, excessive sweating, and other problems. Some people also consume it as a memory aid. However, there hasn’t been sufficient research undertaken to confirm (or refute) these benefits.
Sage is a good addition to stews, soups, casseroles, tomato sauces, omelettes, pizza, chicken, and fish. It also adds nice flavour to herb breads, muffins, biscuits (especially buttermilk or cheddar), and other baked goods.
For more about sage, see Frequently Asked Questions About Growing Sage, Storing Sage, and Cooking with Sage.
For a full list of healthy herbs and spices and the reference list for this information series, see the main High-Antioxidant Herbs and Spices page.