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I love sage. Cooking with it, smelling it, even feeling the soft comforting leaves and forget about its floral form. So beautiful.

Cooking with Sage

Sage leaves, in general, are harvested just before flowering for cooking.
As you know, sage herb is one of the common ingredients in Greek, Italian, and Balkan cuisine.
Here are some cooking with sage tips:
Fresh leaves (or dry) can be used in stuffing in season sausages, poultry and fish.
The herb is also used in many vegetable dishes, especially with beans.
It is also used as a garnish in herb salads (or I sometimes add actual sage leaves to my salads, just a few to really add a lot of flavor)
Roast pork and mushrooms with sage, marjoram and celery leaves.
May I also suggest the following: for a pork tenderloin - make a marinade with C lemon juice and cup orange juice, add some olive oil, some salt and pepper and let it soak for a few hours (or best overnight). Then cook for a few hours in a slow oven. Try to check it frequently until it is cooked through.

Medicinal uses of sage

The essential oil obtained from sage has been found to improve concentration and may play a role in the treatment methods for memory loss ASSOCIATED with the disease like Alzheimer's.
Sage oils and compounds are known to have tonic, astringent, diaphoretic and stimulant properties.
Sage herb oil is also being used externally as a cream to soothe painful ailments like muscle stiffness, rheumatism, and neuralgic conditions.
Further, its oil is used as blended massage oil and in the aromatic therapy. It helps to relieve nervousness, anxiety, headaches, stress, and anxiety.

Keep in mind that the medicinal uses probably take place in medical laboratories where the advantageous uses of sage is beneficial for its marketing and sale. On the other hand Hippocrates himself spoke of the medicinal uses of sage, mostly as a tea. My suggestion would be to try the simple tea first and then if you are interested, to go on researching from there. Im just a sage lover, not a doctor, so please keep that in mind.
Happy Sage!

Julie from Glyfada, Athens, Greece
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