SAGE…ANTI-OXIDANT, ANTI INFLAMATORY, GOOD FOR BRAIN, GOOD FOR SORE THROATS,VITAMIN K, VITAMIN A.
Karimah bint Dawoud, qualified Clinical Nutritionist and Award winning writer, “Heavenly Bites, The Best Of Muslim Home Cooking” @Kube Publishers. Author and illustrator of ” Sacred Sunnah Super Foods”, self published.
As salaam alaikum, brothers and sistars,
I was recently asked to be a guest on Islam Channel and while sitting waiting for the show I was speaking on, i was sitting there drinking my Thermos flask of sage tea. One of the presenter came and asked me what I was drinking, I told him it was sage. he told me the shuykh (sheikhs) from Saudia Arabia drink this tea and call it ” secret tea”.
I know it is used in the Arab world. As well as the Indians, the Egyptian people also have vast knowledge of Islamic medicine and I know that sage is widely drunk in North Africa, particularly Egypt, where there have been centers of learning for thousands of years.
In Arabic it is called maramiya, in English we call it sage.
In the English language a Sage is a wise older person.
I have not found direct reference in Islamic medicine books to the herb sage. However, the herb sage is considered one of the sweet smelling herbs and sweet smelling herbs are mentioned in the Quran.
As Muslims we know “for every illness Allah has provided a cure”and the herb for memory retention and sore throats is called Sage .
As an ex-Rasta I came to Islam with a little bit of knowledge of herbal medicine, having read books like ”Back to Eden ” by Jethro Kloss, a Quaker herbalist and put what I learnt into practice. Jethro Kloss also cites sage as the best herb for sore throats.
Sage is well known as the best herb for sore throats, it’s a stimulant however so I wouldn’t drink it before bed unless you want to stay up all night reading and studying.
Sage is an outstanding memory enhancer, so for those of us who are studying, which should be all of us, this herb is a great help, alhamduliah, praise The Creator.
You can use it fresh or dry.if it is dry take 1 flat tea spoon and place in a cup or tea pot and leave for 5 minutes to brew.The use a tea strainer and strain the leaves off, you could eat them really,When the tea cools a little , then add honey not before or you will destroy the beneficial enzymes in the honey.
If you are blessed to have fresh sage leaves then use about 5 of them in a cup of hot water and prepare as dry leaves above.
It’s one of nature’s top antioxidant herbs which means it’s anti-ageing. It’s good for memory, focusing, wonderful for cellulite, aids digestion, it’s an insect repellant, good for disinfecting either as a brew or incense, good as a toner and an astringent for oily skin.