Clearing Your Mind With Sage Tea Leads To Improved Memory
When I started drinking sage tea and I realized it helped to calm my mind. I am always working on several things at the same time and sometimes my mind can jump from one thing to the next thing because so much is always going on in there. There is so much I want to do and so little time to do it in. I noticed than when I drank sage tea the racing of my mind calmed and it became easier to stay more focused on the task at hand.
That focus included more easily recalling thoughts associated with the idea I was focusing on. I am a believer in the power of herbal medicine and sometimes I like to take an herb that has had a positive history of use and see how it makes me feel without knowing its specific benefits. Once I am became aware that one of the effects of drinking sage tea was it calmed my mind, I decided to study it benefits.
I found out that sage was used in traditional medicine to calm the mind and to strengthen memory. From my personal experience I have to say traditional medicine got it right. Many times it is difficult to find studies that examine the benefits of traditional herbal medicine, but I did find two studies that confirmed sage’s memory boosting power. Often there aren’t many studies done on uncovering the power of traditional medicine because validating the power of natural herbs would undermine the value of expensive synthetic drugs.
“Salvia lavandulaefolia (Spanish Sage) Enhances Memory In healthy Young Volunteers,” a study published in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior in 2003 examined the effects of sage on the memory of forty-four individuals.
Participants were given between 25-150 microliters of standardized essential oil extract of Salvia lavandulaefolia and placebo. The study concluded:
The 50 μl dose of Salvia essential oil significantly improved immediate word recall in both studies. These results represent the first systematic evidence that Salvia is capable of acute modulation of cognition in healthy young adults.
Professor Peter Houghton from King’s College also presented his findings at the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Harrogate in September 2003, and in the article “Activity and Constituents of Sage Relevant to the Potential Treatment of Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease,” that Chinese sage contains active compounds similar to those developed into modern drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s Disease.
The study of people’s brains who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease showed low levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh). Sage was found to inhibit the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE), which is the enzyme responsible for breaking down (ACh).
Inhibition of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is the basis of most drugs used clinically for symptomatic relief of the early stages of AD. Inhibition of AChE (i.e., reduction of the enzyme responsible for breaking down ACh) results in elevated levels of ACh in the brain, which is associated with improvement of cognitive function including memory.
Without knowing this information beforehand I came to my own conclusion from drinking sage tea that it calmed my mind and made focusing easier. I found it supports my healthy living and it fits right in with my plant-based diet. Give it a try, it is easy. Just seep some sage in some hot water and enjoy the nice refreshing tea.