We live in a very image conscious and superficial society where first impressions are typically taken as gospel, things are examined and judged solely on their face value and very little is done to actually analyse the hidden potential or depth that something or someone may have to offer.
This is plain to see within the context of sage as an herbal remedy, as it is often diminutively referred to as common which itself conjures up images of banality, mediocrity and blandness; as if the very nature of sage can be distilled and refined into nothing more than a single concept and idea.
Nothing could be further from the truth, because “common sage” has a lot of uncommon qualities and benefits associated with it. In the first instance, it has enjoyed a wide and very colourful history, used across the globe in various different cultures and religious practices to ward off evil.
Indeed so profound is the disregard for sage that people often typically confuse it with its so called “sister herb”, rosemary. This may not be intended as a calculated snub, especially given the fact that sage does contain rosmarinic acid, also found within the rosemary shrub. However, sage possesses sufficient physical differences that it should be classed and judged on its own merits.
Research into the relative clinical benefit and therapeutic value that sage has to offer has identified a series of interesting and very exciting possibilities. Some of these are listed as follows.
Sage has been identified as boosting cognition and memory recall, which itself is not only beneficial for those of us who need that extra kick to our concentration levels (students cramming for exams, yes I DO mean you!)
The cognitive boosting properties of sage can be elicited either by scent alone or ingesting of the plant itself and there does not seem to be any appreciable difference between the two methods of delivery in relation to the therapeutic value they provide.
These cognitive boosting properties identified thus far have also given rise to speculation that given appropriate study and analysis, sage may also have a role to play in the treatment of neurological pathology.
Sage is also commonly deployed in direct response to inflammatory complaints, such as rheumatoid arthritis as well as gout. Sage has been identified as actively encouraging an uptake in cardiovascular function, boost circulation, improving blood flow to the extremities of the body, ensuring that the stiffness and tenderness so typical of arthritis is remedied more easily.