A final herbal tea to transition out of a stressful day.
I had never drank pure sage tea before because I suspected I might be allergic to it. Being near smoldering sage sends me into sneezing fits and makes me feel ill for hours. However, I seem to be able to ingest it in small amounts in cooking without issue and in tea blends.
I was hesitant to try pure sage in tea form but I drank it with no adverse reaction and quite enjoyed it. It was a little sweet and obviously tasted of sage, a bit woody and earthy. There was some scratchiness in my throat and also a cooling quality in my mouth that was light and maybe different from the usual menthol encountered in other herbs.
The tea had an ethereal quality and produced the senses of heady elevation and cleansing for which sage smudge sticks are known. As I said before, burning sage sickens me, so I’m glad I was able to experience the pure herb in tea form. I suppose this one is a little special since it comes from my uncle’s land of Crete.