What is Sage?
Most people think of the herb sage as a culinary herb used to add flavour to poultry dishes. Sage (Salvia officinalis) has however been used for hundreds of years as a herbal medicine to help with a variety of ailments. From helping menopausal women with hot sweats, to gargling sage for a sore throat or drying up breastmilk when weaning. The ...Read more American Indians have burned dried sage leaves for thousands of years as part of purification rituals.
What does Sage do in the body?
Sage may provide help for women with menopausal symptoms, specifically to decrease the intensity and frequency of hot sweats/flushes. Many women find Sage very beneficial, allowing them greater comfort and ease as they go through the menopause.
Sage has anti-pyretic (reducing sweating) properties and it may also help to slow down secretions in the body. This is why Sage may also be used to reduce excess sweating.
Sage is a valuable remedy for colds and fevers. It may help to cool down a fever. Sage has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making it valuable to use as a gargle for sore throats and respiratory infections. It may help to soothe the throat, pharynx and vocal cords
Sage is an excellent gargle for gingivitis and sore gums. It may stop gums from bleeding and slow down the production of saliva. It may also help to reduce respiratory catarrh as well as helping to expel it from the lungs and throat as an expectorant.
Sage is an excellent digestive herb and may be helpful treating the symptoms of diarrhoea and dysentery.
Sage is naturally high in vitamins and minerals and has antioxidant properties. Because of this sage is often recommended for post-menopausal women especially, to assist with the remineralisation of bones.
Sage is not recommended if you are breastfeeding, unless the intention is to dry up breast milk when weaning. Sage should NOT be taken by pregnant women or those with epilepsy.
How can I take Sage?
The leaves of the Sage plant are the part consumed. Sage may be taken in a liquid form as a tincture, or as dried herb in the form of a capsule or a tea, either loose or in a tea bag.