Sage, Salvia Officinalis.
Sage is a native plant to the Mediterranean and North Africa. Sage is a hardy perennial with many different varieties. Salvia comes from the Latin verb of “salvere” which means “to save”. Through out history sage has come to the rescue of many.
- Sage is used in many general tonics and can be used to treat colds, flu, fevers, and epilepsy.
- Sage has historically been used in a variety of ways: tea, wine, to flavor cheese, and sage tobacco.
- Sage is wonderful for oral care, it can used as a mouthwash and teeth whitener. If you have canker sores or cold sores, sage is good soother. To treat mouth sores or sore throat gargle with sage tea.
- Antibacterial , antibiotic, anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic.
Effects and benefits
- Sage is digestive beneficial. It will soothe upset stomachs, diarrhea, and gas.
- In the beginning stages of hypoglycemia or type II diabetes sage can help manage blood sugar levels.
- Sage as an estrogenic herb will help relieve hot flashes, night sweats, and regulate menstration.
- Sage is a grounding herb and will help strengthen the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpen the senses.
Avoid sage if you are breastfeeding. It is known to decrease milk flow. However if there are breast infections such as mastitis or you are weaning a child, sage will help decrease or stop milk production.