We usually hold off on using herbs like sage until Thanksgiving for our holiday staples like stuffing and roasted turkey. However, you can enjoy it any time of the year by brewing sage leaves to make a yummy tea! Sipping sage tea provides some great health benefits, such as soothing menopause symptoms, reducing cholesterol, and decreasing chronic disease risk.
This aromatic tea is packed with antioxidants that have several perks, but let’s start with an important one like helping lower cholesterol. A study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences found that participants who drank 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) of sage tea twice a day saw improvements in cholesterol levels after four weeks. The researchers credited this to the tea’s phenolic compounds, such as rosmarinic acid and luteolin-7-glucoside, which protected against oxidative damage and reduced levels of “bad” cholesterol.
Adding sage tea to your diet can finally ease those bothersome menopause symptoms as well. Research published in the International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine found that women who took 100 mg. of sage extract capsules daily experienced less severe symptoms caused by lower estrogen levels such as hot flashes, night sweats, panic, fatigue, and trouble concentrating after four weeks. Study authors claim that the herb’s estrogenic properties help fill in the gaps when estrogen levels are low during menopause. To sum it up, sage tea should become your go-to drink for menopause relief!
Another benefit of drinking sage tea: It’s been shown to ward off chronic diseases. A study published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine found that sage has anti-inflammatory effects which work throughout your body to lower the chances of developing diabetes, heart disease, and dementia (just to name a few). So it’s worth brewing yourself a cup for amazing health perks down the road!
For those with dark hair that’s gone gray, sage tea also can be used as part of your beauty routine. Cosmetic dermatologist, Akanksha Shah Sanghvi, MD, explained that it can be applied topically as a hair rinse once brewed and chilled to naturally cover gray hair: “Sage leaves contain pigments that can darken gray hair naturally. Sage tea contains tannins that can act as hair dye.” It’s clear that this brew is an anti-aging hair hero (just like green tea).
Sage tea can be bought in handy tea bags, which are readily available in stores and online (Buy on Amazon, $6.99), which may be easier than steeping the fresh leaves in hot water. Try adding a spoonful of honey to balance the slightly bitter taste and enjoy warm or cold whenever you need a delicious and health-boosting sip!
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