Healing With Sage
Sage’s botanical name Salvia officinalis is a clue to its medicinal importance. Salvia comes from the Latin salvare meaning “to cure”. A medieval saying was “Why should a man die while sage grows in his garden?” Today, sage is used widely in herbal medicine for many things. It is used for sore throats, poor digestion, tranquilizing effects, and more. The essential oil contains up to 50% thujone, a substance that is partly responsible for its estrogenic. Clinical trials have shown it to help relieve menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and dizziness. It also helps to reduce milk production in lactating women. Some studies suggest it may be useful in preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s. Sage can be used as a gargle for sore throats due to colds or irritation up to three times a day. Make an infusion (strong tea) and gargle. Add vinegar and honey to strengthen its action. Make sure not to swallow if pregnant or nursing. The leaves can be used as a first aid remedy for insect bites and stings. Rub bruised leaves onto bites as needed to reduce pain and itch. Make an infusion of the leaves and used it as a mouth rinse for canker sores or to disinfect the mouth. Swish it around in your mouth a few times a day. Sage is fairly easy to grow from seed in the spring. It thrives in sunny conditions. The leaves are harvested in the summer. Be sure to dry properly to prevent mold from forming. Store in dark container away from heat and light. Sage should not be used by pregnant or by persons who are epileptic. The information provided is not meant for a substitute for medical care. It is meant for information purposes only.