Believe it or not, there are more important things to know about sage other than the fact that it's in our brand's name. Like, for example, does running around one's new apartment with a burning stick of sage get rid of bad energy? If I burn sage, will I be less likely to feel stressed?
We tapped mindfulness expert and all-around wise human soul Ruth Rosenberg to find out the tea on sage.
Truth #1: Sage has proven health benefits.
“It's extremely difficult to find plants with so many traits from curing infections, lowering blood pressure, reducing stomach troubles, reducing infections in the mouth, reducing colds and cough, clearing skin issues, and more,” Rosenberg says. “[Sage] even goes as far as having the ability to clear dandruff and make hair shine. Scientists have been researching sage for decades, and today from the tens of different kinds of sage many are used as components of modern medicines.
Truth #2: Sage, scientifically speaking, can relieve stress.
“Sage has medical properties that have been used for centuries to treat a variety of illnesses. One of the main effects of sage is the ability to alleviate neurological issues and improve cognitive abilities like memory and focus. When we take time to protect and invest in our brain's wellbeing, being the control board for our existence, helps us be more in control and that relieves stress.
Myth: Sage-ing is not a “one-and-done” practice.
“We tend in today's society to look for fast and quick solutions; the "amazon effect" - whatever I need I want to get now and immediately,” Rosenberg says. “Sage has been explored and studied for centuries and was found to have many qualities of healing, the most dominant being a strong antioxidant. This has helped many to believe that it has the ability to purify life energy around us as well. Although it makes sense, we have no way to measure it scientifically. The issue is that often people would prefer the easy fix- burn some sage, and all will be better. In spirituality, we learn that any ritual must accompany action and effort.”
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