About Greek Sage (Salvia Triloba)…
Sage is a treasure of Greek nature, where stories about sage special aroma and sage beneficial properties are mentioned since ancient times. In Crete and specifically in Knossos, there is a fresco of 1400 B.C., illustrating Salvia triloba. The Greek sage is famous and stands out to common sage (salvia officinalis) for its aroma and flavor. It is a bushy perennial herb, which mainly occurs and grows in sunny areas and rocky soils, especially in the Peloponnese and Crete. Nowadays, it is widely known for its use as a beverage in many parts of Greece. Usually it replaces tea as it is considered superior in aroma and flavor, but also because it is believed that the beneficial properties of sage are particularly strong compared with other herbs.
Extensive reports extolling sage have been recorded in Ancient Greece by Dioscorides, Hippocrates and Galen. The ancient Greeks highly appreciated both the sage flavour and the sage beneficial properties and therefore made use of it in various applications. More specifically, in ancient medicine the Greek sage in its external form was used as an antidote for the bite of snakes or insects, while it was considered that drinking it, helps to stimulate mind and body. Finally, it was believed that it enhanced male fertility and its use as a beverage was the last drug that could be given to infants in danger of dying, as a final rescue attempt.
Today as Food and Beverage
The Greek sage is used in cooking to give aroma mainly to fatty meat (red and white) and fish. Also, it is added in small amounts so as not to taint the taste, in pasta (especially tortellini), pulses and soups. Ideally combined with rosemary to prepare various soups, while its mixture with oregano in fat meat imparts a distinct flavour to the culinary creations. The scent of thyme on top of the spicy flavour of Greek sage particularly relish fish dishes.
The sage, while known for its use in cooking, it is usually consumed as a beverage. Often served after meals as a digestive or during evening hours as a relaxing beverage. The effective use as a beverage is obtained by placing 3-5 leaves in a small pot with a cup of water. Once water boils, add the sage for about 4-5 minutes and it is ready for consumption.
Beneficial Properties of Sage
It is said that sage beneficial properties and advantages for the human body are way too much. In a survey conducted in Jordan in 2010 and published in the journal “Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences”, it turned out that one of the beneficial properties of sage is its cytotoxic effect against some specific series of tumour cell and the possibility to act in several other therapeutic levels.
In 2012 a new survey published at the journal “European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences”, supports that the Greek sage (Salvia triloba) when used as a beverage, helps to relieve headaches, stomach aches and many other disorders.
Finally, research from British scientists at the University of Newcastle and Northumbria, published in the journal “Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior”, showed that among the beneficial properties of sage as a beverage, it helps to significantly strengthen and restore memory, a fact that can potentially help to combat Alzheimer’s disease.