• Annemarie Bolduc

Garden Sage Tea

Hot or iced, this tea is a lovely and healthy drink, homemade with beautiful fresh garden sage.

Garden sage, honey and lemon tea • Photography © Bottle and Brush Studio 2019

A culinary herb I never really used before growing food in the backyard is the common sage (not to confuse with other ornamental or psychoactive salvias varieties). The plant is a perennial from the same family as mint and can be used to flavour dishes and infused in tea. When a lovely neighbour gardener told me that sage tea contains many benefits, especially for women’s health, I gave it a go and I loved it! The herb flavour combines perfectly with honey and lemon, which also contains many healing properties. If you feel a little sick, these three ingredients blended together make a perfect hydrating lifting cocktail and natural remedy. Sage is ready to pick and at its best in the garden when spring warms up. If, like me, you prefer a cold refreshing drink at this time of year, try it as iced tea! When the plant starts to flower, that’s ok, it will make a beautiful show and bees will love it. Leaves can still be picked as needed until winter when the plant goes dormant. Sage is also a great companion for the garden as it not only attracts beneficial insects but also repeals pests. With all these good virtues, including the use in cooking for its unique aroma, garden sage is a must have!


Common sage, an ornamental and culinary herb • Photos © Bottle and Brush Studio 2019


RECIPE


INGREDIENTS (for about 1 litre of tea):

2 large fresh sprigs of sage

Juice of ½ lemon (use the other half cut in slices if making an ice tea)

1 tbsp honey (local and organic preferably)

1 litre boiled water

Ice cubes (if iced tea)


PREPARATION: Place sage in a large jug or teapot and cover with hot water.

Add honey and lemon juice, stir well and let infuse about 15 minutes.

Remove the sage and serve hot or let cool down if to make an ice tea.

Add lemon slices and ice cubes if so desired.

Can be stored in the fridge for a day or two.


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