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  • Writer's pictureJon Mychal Heatherly

Sage Advice and Boost Your Brain

Earthy and spicy

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Sage is an evergreen shrub from the Lamiaceae/mint family with over 900 varieties. Carl Linnaeus described this species in 1753, though sage was used in ceremony and medicine for centuries prior. Also, American sausage typically incorporates sage and nutmeg as prominent herbs.

We call wise people sages. The herb is chock full of antioxidants, and countless cultures used it to improve memory and brain function. Its roots can reach 39 inches long. It provides plenty of sugars, and honey made from its nectar tastes spicy.

Nomenclature: Salvia oficinalis Tastes: earthy, citrusy, piney, a hint of pepper Uses: meat rubs, ritual, folk medicine

Recipe: Sage Smudge

Bundle herbs and tie at the base. Wrap to top and back. Criss-cross tightly without crushing. Hang in a cool, dry place for at least a week.

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