“Sage” Wisdom

December 6, 2015 64 Comments

Winter hasn’t officially started yet, but you could’ve fooled me. Just about everyone I know has been fighting off some sort of cold or flu these past few weeks.

We all know the feeling – rummaging through the natural medicine cabinet with nose running and the first cough coming on, while the inner voice cries out “why me?!?!?” After all, once the symptoms start it’s normally at least a few days before they begin to go away.

One of the oldest medical texts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, known as the Nei Ching, states:

“To cure an illness after it arises is like forging weapons after the battle has started, or digging a well after you have become thirsty.”

But is it really too late?

Today I want to share a “super-herb” tea recipe that may be able to turn the tables on your cold or flu, in heroic fashion. It’s also wonderful for sore throats.

The leafy celebrity at the heart of this tasty potion is none other than sage, the sacred plant many of us burn routinely in our homes for its aromatic energy-clearing powers. Did you know that it also packs a serious wallop for colds, viruses and bacterial infections?

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Also known as Salvia officianalis, sage is an antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti… pretty much anti-anything-that-feels-lousy.

All joking aside, this is a highly medicinal herb that is effective for a host of minor ailments like cold and flu, as well as major ones like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.

Call me an earth medicine nerd, but I get so much joy working with powerful ancient plants like these. They leave modern medicine in the dust, and feel like teachers in your body when you take them!

Below is a delicious sage tea recipe that master herbalists swear by because of its fast-acting effects:

Sage Tea Recipe

*Important: never use aluminum utensils or containers for your tea extractions. Glass, porcelain, silver, and Pyrex are best!


1 Quart Water
12 Fresh Sage Leaves  (Dry is ok too, but fresh is more potent!)
2 Tablespoons Local Honey
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
A pinch of Cayenne Pepper


1. In a teapot or saucepan, bring water to a boil.

2. Add the sage leaves and remove the teapot or saucepan from heat.

3. Let steep for 15 minutes.

4. Stir in the remaining ingredients.

5. Pour a cup full, breath in the beautiful aroma, say a healing blessing, and enjoy!

Two to three cups of sage tea per day is always part of the winter sickness healing protocol in my house. Sage is generally viewed as being a very safe herb to experiment with, but as always, do your own research and make sure it feels right for you. 

Whether you celebrate Saturnalia, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or abstain completely from all the commotion, one thing is for sure – life is a lot more enjoyable when you’re upright and vibrant. Hopefully this information will help you enjoy the fullness of the upcoming winter solstice!

Many blessings,

Nick Polizzi
Director, The Sacred Science

Filed Under: Herbalism

About Nick Polizzi

Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and producing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick's current role as executive producer of "Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness" and founder of The Sacred Science stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and healing technologies of the ancient world.

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  1. Maryrose says:

    Thank you for this wonderful information off to make this pot of tea.

  2. Albert says:

    Having spent a few weeks embracing a cold from hell , the above information is most welcome and I intend to use it when necessary ,
    Thank you

  3. Frederico says:

    Thank you and noted, Nick.

  4. Andrea says:

    Thank you so much! My teenage daughter just told me this morning that she “thinks she is getting sick”. She (and I!) will definitely try this tea when she comes home.

  5. Kati says:

    There are lots of recipes around on the Net but yours, wrapped in enthusiasm, gentle care and love are really sacred! Thank you and blessings in return.

  6. Kathy says:

    Perfect timing for a perfect remedy.

  7. Vicki says:

    Thank you for sharing

  8. Theresa says:

    It’s high time you wrote an article on metaphysics instead of telling people they are bound to get sick this time of year, which is totally false, your next article could tell folks how our bodies can kick the shit out of any bad bacteria or virus that comes it’s way. I know you are already a fan of Louise Hay and Joe Dispenza. Please Nick ???

  9. Keylan says:

    Delightful article and enticing recipe; can’t wait to try it. Thank you!

  10. Erin says:

    Thanks for your newsletter. This is rely helpful.

  11. Tim says:

    My throat gargle recipe ,sage,myrrh and golden seal ,mixed in hot water let cool and gargle every couple hours

  12. Barbara says:

    Nick, I’m delighted to see this marvelous old recipe doing the rounds. I came across it about 20 yrs ago in a book of Healing Teas by Marie Nadine Antol. In my experience it’s staved off colds & flu for me about 80% of the time. Tastes great too!

  13. Michael says:

    Thank you Nick,
    I am going to add this to my herb to my medicine cabinet.
    Michael A. H.

  14. tallbird says:

    I have promoted the use of Sage for many years, It is one of the Best Healing plants on mother earth.

  15. Marguerite says:

    Thank you Nick for everything

  16. Kelley says:

    I so appreciate this tea recipe, and the work that you offer.
    Thank you, Nick!!
    I ordered your beautiful cook book and enjoy that, too.
    All Wonderful gifts from your Spirit to ours.
    Happy Holy days to you and family.

  17. Walkingwoman says:

    THis is why I put sage in my chicken soup ALWAYS!!!!

  18. Elaine Checkley says:

    THANK YOU for this awesome recipe!! Send this to several good friends, so hopefully they check out other things on your website. 🙂

  19. Agnes says:

    Thank you for this information
    May abundance and prosperity fill your heart

  20. Nikki says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. I love working with herbs. Even before the cold symptom starts. Organo oil is very good. You have to ingest it. 3 to 4 times s day with dropper ful of oil. I just put it right st the back of the throat. It will kick your immune system. And also the Silver water. Put it under your tongue keep it for 5 minutes and drink it. I been doing that for years. It’s very helpful also. Thank you.

  21. Aurora says:

    Thanks!!! Blessings.

  22. Charisse says:

    I love this, but I am wondering if it is any kind of sage?

  23. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for sharing! I was reading about some “dark” things going on in the world last night and this morning reading your sharing came to realize there was just as much good, if not more. There are loving wise light-bearers who are sharing what is sacred.

  24. Kathleen says:

    Thank you so much 🙂 I know that turmeric helps me and dandelion tea, as well as ginger ! I will certainly try this to help with my issues .
    Warm Wishes !

  25. Maria Bjarnov says:

    Thank you so much, Nick! I am sick and am sure this is just what I need!!!

  26. Mary says:

    Thank you for this information, I have heard if this, and will put it on my must keep file! Thank you again!

  27. Sharon Carson says:

    I love this herb It is in a cooking blend I use and I even named my horse after it born in the herbal year of Sage

  28. Dee says:

    We swear by echinacea but will give this a try. Thank You

  29. Lee-Anne says:

    Thank you for the lovely recipe and also for the article.

  30. Amoy Joyce says:

    Thank you for this marvellous recipe , sounds like the ourrrrfect magic potion . I need !

  31. Marianne says:

    As a child in Switzerland I suffered from many sore throats. My mother made me sage tea with honey and lemon to gargle with. Now I give this recipe to my friends and tell them that it also taste delicious.

  32. Steven says:

    One bit of confusion. Salvia officianalis is NOT the same kind of sage that is commonly burned for smudging or purifying in one’s home, as is done in Native American traditions. That is salvia apiana or white sage. This is very different than officianalis which is the common cooking spice.

  33. Susana says:

    Does anyone know if I can use sage essential oil in place of fresh or dried sage leaves? Thank you!

  34. Carmella says:

    Thank you for the article on sage. I learned about sage and will partake in the sage tea.

  35. Jane Preston says:

    Hi Nick
    “sage advice” thanks –always enjoy haring from you Happy Holidays Blessings Jane

  36. Susan Phebus says:

    Thank you! I love and appreciate all of your information

  37. Pat Wiggins says:

    Thank you for this!

  38. Joanne says:

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder on how herbs like sage are provided for us by nature to assist us in our healing. To take Theresa’s comment in this row a step furthur; Why would you want to kick shit out of virusses and bacteria anyway? That’s right in line with the old medical paradigme. Just suppose these micro organisms are here to help us in our healing? See http://www.learninggnm.com if you’re interested in a new way of thinking.

  39. Nicholas says:

    Very useful. A good plan in case I get sickly due to rapid weather changes and the fact that I work outside all year round!

    From one Nick to another Nick….

    Thank you.

  40. Nancy Wells says:

    So glad I read your blog. Always looking for natural ways to heal myself. Western doctors are so frustrating with what they have to offer and all the side effects. Makes me crazy.

  41. Erika says:

    Thank you. I am definitely going to use this recipe….

  42. Dianne says:

    Thank you Nick! Definitely going to use this tea. I think pure Sage Essential Oil would benefit as well, if it is of high quality and provided by a reputable company.

  43. Countess Trottier-Trotzier says:

    Yes SAGE is one of these very special herbs which is a CURE-ALL. The Wise Arabian Physicians/Herbalists discovered the power within the sage herb in that it can give a Individual who diligently drinks SAGE a VERY LONG HEALTHY LIFE.

    After all … the word SAGE means WISDOM … ALSO …HE/SHE IS A WISE HUMAN!


  44. Cheryl-Anne says:

    Thank you This tea sounds lovely.

  45. Will says:

    Great article and just what people need and are looking for. How ever what type of sage is to be used as there are a few other varieties of sage.

  46. Debbie says:

    Thanks for the good advice.

  47. Christine Glenn says:

    Thank you so much. I love tea and look forward to making some Sacred Sage tea.

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  49. Glo Rose says:

    Sage advice from a Sage!!! Beautiful
    Peace and Healing love and light glo x:)x

  50. Rich says:

    Thank you ever so much for your vast and useful information. Another keeper!

  51. Aidz says:

    Thanks for your additional info. On tea herbal drinks..

  52. Antwan says:

    Forgive me as someone might have already asked this, but I thought the sage used by Native Americans for space clearing and shamanic hygiene is a different sage than the kind one would used for flavor to cook with. The article above seems to misconstrue this. They look different as plants to me. What one do I use?

  53. adelita says:

    Thank you very much for the information. I have been having tea from sage for years, because I have it in my garden, without realising that it was the famous salvia that I have heard the herlbalist expert from Spain talk about it.

    Thank you

  54. manar says:

    Thanks a lot I have cold now and really need this

  55. debbie says:

    i have a really big bushy yummie sage bush, thankyou for this, i also use soaked sage in the garden to help things grow.

  56. Debi says:

    Thank you so much for this info. I totally believe I natural holistic ways to treat anything/everything possible.

  57. Judy says:

    Can this tea be used as a preventative ? Thanks so much for the article.

  58. Richard says:

    type your comment here..I have been using sage for many years, and the ones I like are the wild ones that are growing practically anywhere. I particularly like fringed sage, Artemisia frigida, but there are many others in the Artemisia genus.

    I also like to use it and most other herbs as tinctures rather than teas. You can concentrate and extract their medicinal properties better in alcohol in many cases. They also keep as tinctures for many years.

  59. Grace says:

    Which variety of sage is best to use. Collected wild or grown as a kitchen herb?

  60. Deb says:

    Thank you for sharing, very informative, where can I purchase fresh sage.i see dried sage everywhere

  61. Joan says:

    Actually, fresh herbs aren’t more potent. Here’s a conversion chart:

    Conversion Ratios for Common Herbs

    Use the conversion ratios shown in the table below as a general guideline when substituting dried herbs for fresh herbs, or vice versa. Be aware, however, that the ideal ratios may be impacted by a number of factors. The ideal substitution amounts can vary drastically depending on what the remaining shelf life of your dried herb is and how long the packet has been open. Furthermore, there are often significant differences between different brands. Therefore, when seasoning a dish, it is important to use your taste buds and adjust the amounts when necessary.

    Herb Amount of Fresh Herb Equivalent Quantity of Dried Herb/Spice
    Basil 2 tsp finely chopped basil (about 5 leaves) 1 tsp dried basil
    Bay leaves 1 fresh leaf 2 dried leaves
    Chervil 3 tsp fresh cilantro 1 tsp dried cilantro
    Chives 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh chives 1 tsp freeze-dried chives
    Cilantro 3 tsp fresh cilantro 1 tsp dried cilantro
    Dill 3 tsp fresh dill 1 tsp dried dill
    Garlic 1 clove 1/4 tsp granulated garlic or 1/8 tsp garlic powder
    Gingerroot 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 1/4 tsp dry ground ginger
    Marjoram 3 tsp fresh marjoram 1 tsp dried marjoram
    Onions 1 medium onion 1 tsp onion powder
    Oregano 1 Tbsp fresh oregano 1 tsp dried oregano
    Parsley 2 tsp finely chopped parsley (or 3 sprigs) 1 tsp dried parsley
    Rosemary 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary (or 1 small/medium sprig) 1 tsp dried rosemary
    Sage 7 leaves (or 2 tsp minced fresh sage) 1 tsp dried sage
    Tarragon 3 tsp fresh tarragon 1 tsp dried tarragon
    Thyme 1 Tbsp fresh thyme (or 6 sprigs) 3/4 tsp ground thyme

    Source: http://www.healwithfood.org/substitute/convert-fresh-dried-herbs-recipes-chart.php#ixzz44gtm9xA4

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