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Other Names: Sage, Common Sage, Garden Sage, Red Sage, Saurge, Dan Shen, Salvia Officinalis
Traditional Usages: Food, Cooking, Stops Bleeding Wounds, Cleanses Foul Ulcers, Sore Throat, Laryngitis, Pharyngitis, Reduce Blood Sugar, Tonsillitis, Inflammation or Ulceration of the Mouth, Gums and Throat, Respiratory Allergy, Excessive Sweating, Night Sweats, Flatulence, Loss of Appetite, Weak Stomach, Chronic Gastro-Intestinal Catarrh, Headache, Anxiety and Nervousness in the Aged, Depression, Vertigo, Menopausal Hot Flushes, Helps Poor Memory, Mental Confusion, Rheumatic Humours, Joint Pains, Falling Sickness - Epilepsy, Palsy - Paralysis and Involuntary Tremors, Procures Menstruation, Gargle for Sore Throats and Mouth Ulcers, Used to darken Grey Hairs, Antiseptic, Typhoid Fever, Bilious and Liver Problems, Cleaning and maintaining healthy Gums and Teeth, Insect Stings and Bites, Hair rinse for Dandruff Control, Asthma
Resources: Mediterranean Countries, Europe, Britain, Mexico, US, Middle East, Russia
Parts Used: Dried Leaves, Whole Herb
Administration Method: Cut herb for infusions, alcoholic extracts and distillates for gargles, rinses and other topical applications, as well as for internal use. Also pressed juice of fresh plants.
Herb Action: Antibacterial, Fungistatic, Virustatic, Astringent, Secretion-promoting, Perspiration-inhibiting
Herbal Research: Sage
A WHO Organizational resource: Sage Research - FULL REPORT
Health Warning: The pure essential oil and alcoholic extracts should not be used internally during pregnancy.
Note: Sage should not be used internally for extended periods of time as prolonged use can result in dizziness, hot flashes and even seizures.
Sage - Herbal remedy for Alopecia: Sage has been believed for centuries to help prevent hair loss. Sage extract can be added to your shampoo. Or you can use double-strength sage tea daily as a hair rinse to encourage hair growth.
Sage – Herbal remedy for Body Odour: You may be able to minimize body odor through the internal or external use of sage. Compounds found in sage can dry up perspiration, while the oils contained in sage are antiseptic and antibiotic. Apply sage either directly to the skin to lessen body odour or drink a tea made from sage.
Sage - Herbal remedy for Chlamydia: Boil 50 grams of fresh sage in water. Strain and drink throughout the day.
Sage – Herbal remedy for Foot Odour: Sage has antibacterial properties and like tea, it is high in tannic acid. Crush fresh sage leaves with a mortar and pestle or crumble dried sage into your foot bath. Finely powdered sage can be sprinkled into your shoes.
Sage - Herbal remedy for Gingivitis: Sage leaves are rubbed on the gums and teeth as a stimulant. Sage tea can prepared as a remedy for gingivitis by pouring a cup of boiling water over two or three teaspoons of dried sage and rinsing the mouth for several minutes.
Sage - Herbal remedy for Halitosis: Sage is another relative of thyme and peppermint as they are all members of the mint family. Sage infusion has very similar effects as those made from thyme and can be used to treat halitosis. Sage and thyme are also often combined to make a mouthwash for halitosis. Gargles should not be sweetened as this would provide nutrition for bacteria in the mouth and counteract the halitosis-reducing effect of the gargle. Sage is antibacterial. It can be chewed and swallowed without ill effect. The smell and taste of sage are strong, and considered unpleasant to some.
Sage - Herbal remedy for Mastitis: A very strong tea of sage should be taken sip by sip, up to three cups a day.
Sage – Herbal remedy for Oral Herpes: Grind some sage leaves with a little water to make a paste. Apply past on the cold sores.
Sage - Herbal remedy for Smelly Feet: Sage has antibacterial properties and like tea, it is high in tannic acid. Crush fresh sage leaves with a mortar and pestle or crumble dried sage into your foot bath. Finely powdered sage can be sprinkled into your shoes.
Sage - Herbal remedy for Sore Throat: Sage is commonly used in the treatment of a variety of ailments, including gingivitis, sore throat and indigestion. Its therapeutic qualities are more beneficial when the essential oils are released prior to consumption. Do this by infusing a teaspoon of sage leaves in a cup of boiling water for five minutes. Strain and gargle as necessary.
Sage - Herbal remedy for Stress: Add one teaspoon of dried sage leaves to a cup of boiling water and infuse for 10-minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey. Drink whenever stressed.
Sage – Herbal remedy for Sweaty Feet: Sage has antibacterial properties and like tea, it is high in tannic acid. Crush fresh sage leaves with a mortar and pestle or crumble dried sage into your foot bath. Finely powdered sage can be sprinkled into your shoes.
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