Sage (Salvia) is an herb with several promising health benefits in traditional medicine. It's high in antioxidants and may help support oral health, aid brain function and lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. This green spice is also easy to add to almost any savory dish. It can be enjoyed fresh, dried or as a tea. Sage has a long history of use in Egyptian, Roman, and Greek medicine, as well as in Native American healing traditions. Dried sage is burned as a way to heal, protect, increase wisdom, and boost defense against disease.
Sage is used for digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas (flatulence), stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bloating, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of perspiration and saliva; and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer's disease. Women use sage for painful menstrual periods, to correct excessive milk flow during nursing, and to reduce hot flashes during menopause. Sage is applied directly to the skin for cold sores; gum disease (gingivitis); sore mouth, throat or tongue; and swollen, painful nasal passages. Some people inhale sage for asthma.
Herbs are used for a variety of purposes. As medicines, herbs are often used for common complaints in many ways. They can be used for making teas, bathing, body care products, flower essences, supplements, and even treated as a fragrance. Each Herb possesses a variety unique ways of helping you to stay healthy and support your body, mind, and spirit. Herbs have been used for over 5000 years and have grown in use over time. Certain herbs stabilize hormones and your metabolism and often have fewer side effects than prescriptions.
We encourage you to do your research before ingesting any herb. This is especially true if you are taking any medications, as many herbs interact with specific types of medications (St. Johns Wort and Antidepressants, for example, cause serotonin syndrome, which can be fatal). Always consult your doctor before trying to treat, diagnose, or cure any medical condition, as they know what is best specifically for you.(Please consult your doctor before using herbal medicine, this does not substitute for medical care.)