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Greek Sage (Organic)

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Sage (Faskomilo) has a deliciously distinctive taste and makes a mightily healthy cup of tea. Our Organic Sage is packed with nutrients and polyphenols and is picked from the mountains of Greece, where it has been consumed as a tonic for hundreds of years.

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Description

  • Type: Loose Leaf Tea
  • Quantity: 30 grams (20 to 25 cups cups)
  • Origin: Greece
  • Organic: Yes
  • Brew Tips: Use 2 teaspoons per cup & steep for 5 to 7 minutes (adjust brewing time and quantity for stronger/weaker tea).

The Greeks have been drinking sage tea for hundreds of years, believing it to be a potent panacea that can cure aches and pains, assist with weight loss, and support the immune system. And there might be something to those beliefs, as this is one hell of a healthy herb that packs a host of nutrients into every leaf.

Common sage (salvia officinalis) is not hard to come by, even in the United Kingdom, but we source our sage direct from the mountains of Greece. It’s naturally harvested and dried, 100% organic, and guaranteed to be fresher and stronger than anything you can find in the spice aisle of your local supermarket.

Read More: What is Sage Tea?

What is Sage Tea?

Organic Greek Sage from Shelgo Tea

Sage is an herb that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. In pagan and Wiccan rituals, it is burned to cleanse the air. In the UK, it’s brought out at Christmas, used to make stuffing, and then hidden away in the spice rack for another 12 months. In Greece, sage is used to make tea, known as Faskomilo (pronounced Fas-Ko-Me-Low).

This is a high-quality, 100% organic Greek sage, so as well as making cups of sage tea, you can also use it to take your batch of Christmas stuffing to the next level. It’s up to you—just make sure you use it when it’s fresh, as that’s when you’ll get the most benefits from it.

What Does Sage Tea Taste Like?

The sage we sell is organic and imported from Greece. Unlike the stuff you may have in your pantry, it hasn’t been sitting around for months or years and is therefore fresh, with a fuller taste and a richer nutrient profile.

But the taste is similar to what you might expect; it is still the same plant, after all. If your only experience with this herb is eating copious amounts of sage and onion stuffing, then it may be a little strange to begin with. But the more you drink, the more you appreciate the depth of flavours.

If you’re a big fan of sage and use it as often as you can, then it’s a drink that will go down very easily and very quickly.

Nutrient Profile

Herbs are loaded with vitamins and minerals. We use them in very small amounts, but because of the potency, we can still make a dent in our nutrient RDA by adding them to meals and drinks. With tea, you get even more of those nutrients, as you’re using more in one cup than you would typically consume in several meals.

Sage tea will give your body a boost of the following:

  • Copper
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin E
  • B vitamins

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Read More: Benefits of Sage Tea

Sage Tea Benefits

Sage Benefits

Sage is said to provide many benefits, and you don’t need a lot of it to experience them. The Greeks drink it for a variety of reasons. It’s a panacea, and one that can be found in most Greek households, not unlike Greek mountain tea.

The health benefits of sage tea, and the studies that back these up, are discussed in more detail below.

1. Improves Heart Health

Sage tea may be able to improve circulation and help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. One of the main reasons for this is its high level of iron, a mineral that plays an essential role in supporting circulation, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Inflammation has been linked to an array of diseases, from cancer to many things that affect the heart. By reducing inflammation, you could be decreasing your chance of developing a number of ailments. There are also studies linking consumption of sage tea to a decrease in anxiety and stress, two conditions that play a significant role in heart palpitations, strokes, cardiac arrests, and other serious, life-threatening conditions.

It’s not going to reverse these conditions, but by consuming it on a regular basis, you may be reducing your chances of such issues occurring in the first place.

2. Fights Disease and Cancer

Greek sage tea is one of the many herbal teas that has been branded with the “anticancer” label. It does not seem to be as powerful and as promising as sideritis, but there is something here that puts it on level with dandelion root.

As noted by WebMD (1), people who use sage regularly have a 54% lower chance of developing cancer than those who don’t, and similar connections have been made elsewhere. This doesn’t necessarily mean that sage has a direct impact on cancer growth, but it’s a promising connection that could lead to even more interesting results further down the line.

Shelgo Tea Sage Tea

3. Helps to Detox the Liver

A 2004 study looked at the impact of sage tea on antioxidant levels in the liver and drew some very positive conclusions (2), essentially concluding that sage could help improve antioxidant levels and liver health, which could have a significant impact on overall health.

However, it’s important to note that this study, like many other studies of this nature, was conducted on animals, not humans. It’s enough to generate interest and intrigue, but there is work to be done before anyone can say for certain whether sage tea can have a significant impact on liver health.

4. Helps with Digestive Issues

The antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties of Greek sage tea all combine to aid with digestion and to soothe everything from an upset stomach to constipation and more. It may also help to eradicate some excess bacteria in the gut, which in turn could reduce bloating and flatulence.

If you are suffering from repeated stomach discomfort that is either caused by, or has triggered, severe bloating, then a cup of sage tea may be able to provide some comfort. In much the same way, it may also help to alleviate constipation, although it’s not a laxative and will not help with chronic constipation or constipation that results from certain medications.

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Read More: Weight Loss with Sage Tea

Sage Tea Health Benefits

Sage Tea for Weight Loss

From dandelion root tea to sideritis tea and nettle tea, everyone wants a tea that can help them lose weight, and if you look for the most queried health benefits relating to every single herbal tea, plant, and extract, you’ll see “weight loss” right at the top. In most cases, you’re out of luck, as few substances have a direct impact on weight. But there may be some benefits to sage tea where weight loss is concerned.

It has been shown to improve lipid profiles, essentially helping to balance the good and bad cholesterol in your body (3). There are also studies suggesting sage could be used as an appetite suppressant, and when the appetite is suppressed, we don’t just eat fewer calories, we also eat less junk food, less sugar, and less of everything else that is bad for us.

At the same time, however, it should be noted that some studies have found sage to have a complete opposite effect on appetite, suggesting that it may be down to individual response.

Side Effects of Sage Tea

Sage tea is generally very well tolerated when consumed in moderation, but as with anything, it should not be drunk to excess. In other words, you shouldn’t experience any issues drinking a couple cups a day, but if you start binging on 10-plus cups, then you may start to experience some side effects, including nausea and vomiting.

Sage should NOT be consumed by pregnant or nursing women, as some varieties can contain small amounts of Thujone, and this may be unsafe. Caution is also advised in diabetics, as sage has been known to reduce blood sugar levels, so anyone who has diabetes and uses sage will need to closely monitor their sugar levels.

If you are taking any medication or have a preexisting illness, then you should also consult your doctor before consuming sage.

It is possible to be allergic to sage, but it’s important to note that most Brits have consumed sage in the past and many consume it on a regular basis, so a level of tolerance has already been set. In other words, if you don’t break out in an unexplained rash every time you tuck into a bowl of sage and onion stuffing, then you’re probably good to go.

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Additional information

Weight30 g
Used For

Detox, Digestion, Weight Loss

1 review for Greek Sage (Organic)

  1. M Bjorn Karlsson

    I bought this as an extra just to meet the free delivery requirements, but I’m really glad I did. some of the best sage i’ve ever tasted. mixed it with some other herbs to make a tea and used the rest in place of my usual culinary sage. amazin!

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