Common sage could easily be one of the most mislabeled names of any herb. There is nothing common at all about sage and even its smell has healing properties. More later! Knowledge about the benefits of sage has been known for a while and it is now exported globally for use in medicines and in your everyday cuisine.

Sage is a wonderful booster of cognitive function and smelling or consuming sage has been show to improve memory retention or boost concentration. This is great for people like me who can’t remember anything from yesterday leave alone from the past. Including sage in your child’s diet is a very useful way to improve both cognition and retention. Chewing on sage is a wonderful, though slightly unpleasant, way to reduce inflammation in your body especially cardio-vascular inflammation but also arthritis and gout. It acts as a very powerful anti-oxidant because of the rosmarinic acid, luteolin, and apigenin found it the leaves.

If you have a family member who suffers from cognitive diseases such as Alzheimers or dementia, using sage oil and extracts can help your loved ones potentially delay its effects and some believe even prevent it altogether. Similarly, sage applied as a paste can prevent bacterial and viral diseases. Among its many benefits is its ability to increase bone strength in the body because of Vitamin K.Sage is widely accepted as being an excellent agent that regulates the levels of sugar in your body and is therefore believed to be an excellent herb to consume if you are prone to sugar or even already diabetic.

I don’t know what Simon and Garfunkel were thinking when they wrote the lyrics to this song, but they definitely got their herbs right.

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme;
Remember me to the one who lives there,
For once she was a true love of mine.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.