This description is from Back to Eden, a book written early this century. I do not mean to offend anybody, just quoting what the book says. "It has been said American people would do well if they would use sage instead of tea and coffee. The Chinese make fun of the American people because they buy the expensive tea for their drink and pay a big price for it, while the Chinese buy sage from America for a small price and drink that for their tea, which is a most wonderful remedy. The Chinese know that the sage tea will keep them well, while the tea that we buy from the Chinese makes us sick, is a cause of great nervousness and one of the causes of insanity. Sage tea is very soothing to the nerves, good for stomach troubles, gas, makes an excellent gargle for the throat, will expel worms, stop bleeding of wounds, good for liver and kidney troubles, a good wash for wounds, good hair tonic, fever reducer, and good for circulation. This tea should not be boiled, just steeped." Information came from Back To Eden by Jethro Kloss.
- Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and put sage in the water. Let steep for about 3-5 minutes.
- Strain, pour in cup, add lemon and honey, if desired, and drink. You may drink this hot or cold. Enjoy!
I haven't made this, but is this description serious? Frankly, I'm sort of offended. I don't think Chinese people think of Americans as morons simply because we drink tea and coffee, and I don't like that you're implying that they would be right if they did. I'm sure sage is plenty healthy, but so are a lot of other herbal teas, and I've never gotten sick or gone insane because of the tea I buy at the store. Additionally, why do you claim that sage is so inexpensive compared to tea? At the stores I go to, it's $11 for a jar of sage and $3-5 for a box of tea. A simple list of the potential remedies we can get from sage would have been much more appropriate.
i tried this recipe because i have lots and lots of sage. it was absolutely delicious! not sure what the health benefits are of sage tea, but i have enjoyed drinking a bit with honey and lemon. for the record, science has proven countless times the health benefits of drinking black, green or white tea (it all comes from the same plant, just is harvested at different times.) science prevails again!
I have also not made this tea, but would like to second Edana's review. As someone with medical training, I would like to clarify the claim that "American tea" is a cause of insanity is completely unfounded and reflects some of the horrible misinformation that is spread about mental illness. To be perfectly honest, most of those claims cannot be supported by any research I am aware of. I'm sure this tea is delicious, and may in fact calm the stomach, but in the future please think twice before furthering the amount of misinformation out there.