Sage tea/Rishi Chai, also known as Salvia officianalis is made from the fresh or dried gray-green leaves of the sage plant. It is also referred as the “thinker’s tea” due to its supposed ability to boost mental clarity and concentration.
Sage is a rich source of folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, Vitamins A, B, C, and K. It also contains flavonoids, phenolic acids, and other active constituents. Sage does not have any amount of calories, fibre, carbohydrates or protein.
One teaspoonful of sage contains 2 calories, 0.1 grams proteins, 0.1 grams fat, 0.4 grams carbohydrates, 7 mg of potassium, 24 mcg of beta-carotene, 3 mg of magnesium, 1 mg of phosphorus, etc.
Sage is a rich source of Vitamin K, one teaspoon contains 10% of the daily needs of Vitamin K.
Possible health benefits of Sage tea…
1/7. Useful in women health
1. The phytoestrogen content of Sage boosts normal menstrual flow, reduces depression and fatigue and normalizes or elevates the mood during premenstrual, perimenopausal, or menopause. It is beneficial in decreasing hot flashes.
2. In women who are weaning or have an overabundant supply of breast milk, sage has been useful as a natural way to reduce breast milk production.
3. It is also used to reduce nausea during pregnancy.
2/7. Promotes oral health
1. Due to the antibacterial and wound-healing properties of Sage, it acts on the bad breath, pain and inflammation.
2. The powerful antioxidant rosmarinic acid attributes to promoting oral health. Sage is further recommended in mouth wounds and sore throats.
3/7. Prevents cancer
Sage comprises of numerous anticancer compounds such as camphor, carnosol, and rosmarinic acid. Carnosol is responsible for destroying various types of cancer cells.
Sage reduces the risk of thyroid cancer.
4/7. Soothes a sore throat
1. Sage possesses anti-inflammatory properties which help in reducing swelling and irritation causing throat pain.
2. Because of sage’s antiviral and antiviral properties, it helps in eliminating pathogens causing sore throat.
5/7. Decreases blood sugar levels
Sage activates a specific receptor that clears excess free fatty acids in the blood thus, improving insulin sensitivity thereby, decreasing blood sugar levels.
6/7. Promotes brain health
1. Sage and rosmarinic acid restricts the formation of amyloid plaques which causes Alzheimer’s. Hence, it prevents brain-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
2. Sage is known to enhance memory, boost mood, focus.
7/7. A few more benefits…
Apart from the above-mentioned health benefits, sage tea further helps promotes healthy skin and wound healing, relieves diarrhoea, lowers cholesterol, controls inflammation, boosts appetite, relieves anxiety, detoxifies the body, boosts circulation, helps reduce weight.
Traditionally known as a tonifier, sage ‘Rishi’ tea is a potent anti oxidant drink and helps promote the mind health.
How to make Sage tea ?
Boil one cup of water. Remove it from the heat.
Put 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves or 1 teaspoon dried sage in the water.
Keep the tea aside for five to ten minutes. Strain the tea. Add 1 wedge lemon and honey, if desired.