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Sage

Also indexed as:Salvia officinalis
Sage: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Salvia officinalis

Parts Used & Where Grown

Sage is a silvery-green shrub with very fragrant leaves. The most commonly cultivated species of sage originally came from the area around the Mediterranean but now also grows in North America. The leaves of this common kitchen herb are used in medicine as well as in cooking.1

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Alzheimer's Disease
60 drops daily of a 1:1 tincture2 stars[2 stars]
Sage appears to have an effect on acetylcholine, one of the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) in the brain and supplementing with sage has resulted in a significant improvement in cognitive function.
Gingivitis

(Caraway, Chamomile, Clove Oil, Echinacea, Menthol, Molmol, Peppermint)
0.5 ml in half a glass of water three times per day swished slowly in the mouth before spitting out2 stars[2 stars]
A mouthwash containing sage oil, peppermint oil, menthol, chamomile tincture, expressed juice from echinacea, myrrh tincture, clove oil, and caraway oil has been used successfully to treat gingivitis.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
4 to 6 grams daily of dried leaf or equivalent, for indigestion2 stars[2 stars]
Sage is a gas-relieving herb that may be helpful in calming an upset stomach.
Menopause

(Alfalfa)
4 to 6 grams daily of dried herb or equivalent2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with sage leaf and alfalfa extract completely eliminated hot flushes and night sweats in 20 of 30 women in one study.
Common Cold and Sore Throat
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Sage tea may be gargled to soothe a sore throat.
Halitosis
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils made from sage have antibacterial properties and may be effective in mouthwash or toothpaste form.
Infection
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Sage is an herb that directly attack microbes.
Menopause
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Sage may reduce excessive perspiration due to menopausal hot flashes during the day or at night. It is believed this is because sage directly decreases sweat production.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Support
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Sage has traditionally been used to dry up milk production when a woman no longer wishes to breast-feed.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any culinary or medicinal herb. It was used by herbalists externally to treat sprains, swelling, ulcers, and bleeding.2 Internally, a tea made from sage leaves has had a long history of use to treat sore throats and coughs--often used as a gargle. It was also used by herbalists for rheumatism, excessive menstrual bleeding, and to dry up a mother's milk when nursing was stopped. It was particularly noted for strengthening the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpening the senses.3 Sage was officially listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1840 to 1900.

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