What is sage tea?
Sage Tea, as the name suggests, is made using the leaves of the sage plant whose scientific name is Salvia officinalis. Sage is an aromatic kitchen herb that belongs to the family of mints and is often used in the preparation of numerous dishes. Sage Tea is an herbal tea which means that it is naturally caffeine-free.
It is not considered a true tea due to the absence of the leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. This traditional herb is known for its healing and soothing properties – from alleviating symptoms of menopause to relaxing your mind, a cup of Sage Tea is the solution to all your problems.
Talking about the flavor profile, this tea is naturally sweet and has a mellow flavor with a robust texture. The caffeine-free nature of Sage Tea makes it suitable for consumption during any time of the day. Whether you prefer to drink it in the morning or right before bed-time, you shouldn’t miss out on a cup of Sage Tea!
Now that you know all about the tea, let’s quickly take a glance at how to make Sage Tea, where to buy the tea from, and everything else about it so that you can make yourself a cup, right now! Read on to discover a few delicious Sage Tea recipes.
How to make Sage Tea?
Let’s begin with a simple and easy-to-make recipe with minimal ingredients.
- Sage leaves (roughly 10 leaves per cup)
- 1 cup of water
- A sweetener of your choice
- Boil a cup of water in a deep vessel. An ideal temperature would be around 212°F.
- Add sage leaves to a teacup and pour the boiled water over it.
- Let the tea steep for a good 10 minutes after which you can keep checking on the flavor every 30 seconds to find what works best for you.
- Strain the tea if needed and add in a teaspoon of honey. Enjoy hot!
Note: For a strong flavor, steep the tea for about 15 minutes. On the other hand, if you prefer a mildly flavored Sage Tea, the steeping time should be between 10 – 15 minutes.
That was a quick recipe, wasn’t it? A cup of this Sage Tea is indeed a great way to kick-start your day!
How to make a warm cup of Sage Lemon Tea?
- 10-15 sage leaves or 1 teaspoon of dried Sage leaves
- 1 cup of water
- A slice of lemon
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Add 1 cup of water to a container and bring it to a quick boil.
- Reduce the flame to low, add in the sage leaves and a teaspoon of sugar. For that extra punch of flavor, grate in a little bit of lemon zest.
- Let the tea simmer on low heat for about 25 minutes.
- Strain the tea, squeeze in a slice of lime and drink hot in your favorite cup! You can of course spice it up a bit by adding ginger or cinnamon.
A cup of warm, aromatic Sage Lemon Tea is just what you need to recover from a long, tiring day! All you need to do is grab a cuppa and let the tea do its magic.
For a cup of Sage Iced Tea…
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and add in the sage leaves.
- Let the mixture simmer on low flame for about 10 – 15 minutes.
- Strain the leaves and cool down the mixture.
- Mix in your desired sweetener and squeeze the juice of half a lime.
- Add a few ice cubes to the glass, pour the tea over it, and serve chilled. Alternatively, you can refrigerate the tea for later use.
Beat the summer heat with a tall glass of Sage Iced Tea!
How to make Blackberry Sage Tea?
- 10 Sage leaves or 1 teaspoon of dried Sage leaves
- 2 – 3 fresh Blackberries
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon Black Tea
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 cups of water
- In a container, add the blackberries and mash it well. Add sugar and combine it well with the mashed berries.
- Boil 2 cups of water. Next, mix in the Black Tea, sage leaves or dried sage, and fresh mint leaves.
- Let the tea steep for about 5 minutes so that all the ingredients blend well.
- Strain the leaves and cool down the tea.
- Next, combine the tea and berry mixture in a large bowl. Keep it in the refrigerator for 2 hours and serve cold.
This tea is a breath of fresh air. Quite different from the regular recipes, this Blackberry Sage Tea will instantly become your favorite.
Where to buy Sage Tea?
If you are looking for fresh sage leaves, they can easily be found in the supermarket next door. While picking the sage leaves, go for the ones that look as fresh as a daisy. Do not pick the withered leaves. The fresh leaves should then be rinsed with cold water and dried well. Pack the leaves in a container and store them in the refrigerator. You can use them for a minimum of one week if stored well. Dried sage leaves can either be bought online or at a grocery store. Store the sage leaves in a place that is away from direct sunlight.
How much Sage Tea is safe to drink?
We’re sure the above recipes were tempting and you are eagerly waiting to make yourself a cup of Sage Tea. Now, if you are wondering how many cups you should drink or how much Sage Tea is safe to drink, we are right here with the answer to this question.
While a cup of Sage Tea is a powerhouse of good health, it should be consumed in moderation, just like any other beverage. If you go overboard with Sage Tea, it may affect your overall health. Sage contains a compound named Thujone. If the daily consumption of Thujone is more than 3 – 7 grams, it may have negative impacts on the body including seizures and convulsions.
It is found that 4 cups of Sage Tea contain 4 – 11 milligrams of Thujone. So, approximately 3 to 6 cups of Sage Tea per day is considered normal and safe.
To sum up
Now you know that Sage is not only used to flavor your food, it can also be used to make your favorite beverage – tea! With the above recipes, you are sure to find a recipe that you’ll truly enjoy, or should we say, you are sure to find all the recipes truly enjoyable! A cup of Sage tea is not only delicious but is also packed with many health benefits. If consumed in safe amounts, you have nothing to worry about! So, go ahead and entice your taste buds with a cup of flavorsome Sage Tea!