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Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Native to southern Europe, sage is considered by the Native Americans to be one of the four sacred plants, used to purify people and their dwellings. A popular home remedy, its Latin name, salvia, means "to heal." The essential oil of sage has antimicrobial properties that make it useful in treating many types of Infections. Best known for its ability to inhibit perspiration, sage is often used to stop the night sweats that happen during tuberculosis.
As a medicinal herb, sage has one of the longest histories of use. It has been used as a treatment to help women who may experience excessive perspiration, and other symptoms of the Menopause.
Along with rosemary and Thyme, sage is used to preserve foods, particularly meats and cheeses.
Part of the plant used: LEAF.
4-6 g daily. (1)
Tea, 10-15 g (2-3 US teaspoons). Three cups daily.
Tincture, 4 ml three times daily.
Gingivitis (Periodontal disease):
Pregnancy and postpartum support:
Other potential therapeutic effects of sage include: constriction of inflamed skin, inhibition of smooth muscle spasms, and to aid proper digestive function.
Breastfeeding women should take care to use sage only in proper medicinal doses. Pregnant women should avoid internal use of pure essential oil and alcoholic extracts (3).
In the event of a fever, sage should be avoided.
Caution should be exercised when used in conjunction with CNS depressants or stimulants.
Sage may aggravate the adverse effects of antituberculous drugs. It may interfere with anticoagulant therapy, oral antidiabetic medications, parenteral medications, antihypercholesterolemics, some corticosteroids, and Folic Acid antagonists.
Meprobamate and phenobarbital may inhibit the oestrogen-like action of sage.
1. Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.