Sage is a staple herb in various cuisines around the world.
Its other names include common sage, garden sage and Salvia officinalis. It belongs to the mint family, alongside other herbs like oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme.Sage has a strong aroma and earthy flavor, which is why it’s typically used in small amounts. Even so, it’s packed with a variety of important nutrients and compounds.Sage is also used as a natural cleaning agent, pesticide and ritual object in spiritual sage burning or smudging.This green herb is available fresh, dried or in oil form — and has numerous health benefits.
Sage packs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.
One teaspoon (0.7 grams) of ground sage contains:
- Calories: 2
- Protein: 0.1 grams
- Carbs: 0.4 grams
- Fat: 0.1 grams
- Vitamin K: 10% of the reference daily intake (RDI)
- Iron: 1.1% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 1.1% of the RDI
- Calcium: 1% of the RDI
- Manganese: 1% of the RDI
As you can see, a small amount of sage packs 10% of your daily vitamin K needs.
Sage also contains small amounts of magnesium, zinc, copper and vitamins A, C and E.