Sage is an herb, which goes well with pork, beef, duck and chicken. In Italy, it is commonly minced and mixed with melted butter and stirred into pasta or gnocchi. It has also long been used for medicinal purposes. In addition to easing sore throats and a number of digestive problems, it can also ease symptoms of menopause, depression, and memory loss.
Both lavender and sage are used as a fragrance in soaps, lotions, and make-up. Lavender is also beneficial to relieve stress, improve mood, promote restful sleep, prevent infections, reduce inflammation, and ease bloating
To make sage tea, pour 1 cup of near-boiling water over 2 tablespoons of fresh or 1 tablespoon of dried sage leaves. Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes and strain. Add honey and/or lemon, if desired.
Drink in moderation, however, as there can be unpleasant side effects and possible interactions with other medications. As with cooking, let a little can go a long way!